Sino-Japanese Relations

History, Politics, Economy, Security

Edited by Caroline Rose

© 2011 – Routledge

1,552 pages

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About the Book

Academic and popular interest in China and Japan, the two major powers in East Asia, has risen dramatically in the last decade. While on the one hand their relationship has benefited from high levels of two-way trade and investment underscoring their growing economic interdependence, political rifts have (re-)appeared over such issues as historical memory, territory, and energy security. Without doubt, the way in which this bilateral relationship will evolve over the next few years has the potential to transform the architecture of regional and international politics. It is therefore essential to have a deep and nuanced understanding of the historical, economic, political, and cultural dynamics of the relationship.

The academic literature on all aspects of Sino-Japanese relations has burgeoned accordingly, and, in addition to the existing body of work, now provides a substantial, if somewhat overwhelming, corpus. This new Routledge Major Work collection brings together in an accessible format some of the most influential research on Sino-Japanese relations to help steer the reader towards essential texts and provide a comprehensive guide to this rapidly expanding field of study. Each volume contains an introduction by the editor which summarizes the key debates and contextualizes the gathered materials. It is an essential reference and teaching resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers, and policymakers, and others with an interest in East Asian history, politics, political economy, and international relations.

The material in the collection is organized thematically, with Volume I providing the historical perspective, covering two thousand years of friendly exchange versus fifty years that overshadow the rest. Volume II focuses on the problems that have emerged since the end of World War II: history wars, revisionism, and reconciliation. Volume III considers the economic interaction between the two countries, covering aid, trade and investment, and regionalism. Volume IV is given over to traditional and non-traditional security threats, territorial disputes, energy security, environmental concerns and cooperation.

Table of Contents


Volume I: History—2,000 years of friendship and 50 years that overshadow the rest

1. Wang Xiangrong (trans. Joshua A. Fogel), ‘Periodizing the History of Sino-Japanese Relations’, Sino-Japanese Studies, 1980, 2, 1, 28–41.

2. Wang Zhenping, ‘Speaking with a Forked Tongue: Diplomatic Correspondence Between China and Japan, 238–608’, Journal of American Oriental Society, 1994, 114, 1, 23–32.

3. Wang Zhenping, Ambassadors from the Islands of the Immortals: China-Japan Relations in the Han-Tang Period (University of Hawaii Press, 2005), pp. 216–28.

4. Wang Yong, ‘Realistic and Fantastic Images of Dwarf Pirates: The Evolution of Ming Dynasty Perceptions of the Japanese’, in Joshua A. Fogel (ed.), Sagacious Monks and Bloodthirsty Warriors: Chinese Views of Japan in the Ming-Qing Period (Eastbridge, 2002), pp. 17–41.

5. Oba Osama (trans. Joshua A. Fogel), ‘Sino-Japanese Relations in the Edo Period’, Sino-Japanese Studies, 1996, 8, 2, 50–61.

6. Marius B. Jansen, ‘The Meiji Aftermath’, China in the Tokugawa World (Harvard University Press, 1992), pp. 93–119.

7. Ian Nish, ‘An Overview of Relations Between China and Japan, 1895–1945’, China Quarterly, 1990, 124, 601–23.

8. Samuel C. Chu, ‘China’s Attitudes Toward Japan at the Time of the Sino-Japanese War’, in Akira Iriye (ed.), The Chinese and the Japanese: Essays in Political and Cultural Interactions (Princeton University Press, 1980), pp. 74–95.

9. Margaret Mehl, ‘Chinese Learning (Kangaku) in Meiji Japan (1868–1912)’, History, 2000, 85, 48–66.

10. Mark R. Peattie, ‘Japanese Attitudes Toward Colonialism, 1895–1945’, in Ramon H. Myers and Mark R. Peattie (eds.), The Japanese Colonial Empire, 1895–1945 (Princeton University Press, 1984), pp. 80–127.

11. Peter Duus, ‘Japan’s Informal Empire in China, 1895–1937: An Overview’, in Peter Duus, Ramon H. Myers, and Mark R. Peattie (eds.), The Japanese Informal Empire in China, 1895–1937 (Princeton University Press, 1989), pp. xi–xxix.

12. Louise Young, ‘The Jewel in the Crown: The International Context of Manchukuo’, Japan’s Total Empire: Manchuria and the Culture of Wartime Imperialism (University of California Press, 1999), pp. 21–54.

13. Alvin D. Coox, ‘Recourse to Arms: The Sino-Japanese Conflict, 1937–1945’, in Alvin D. Coox and Hilary Conroy (eds.), China and Japan (ABC-Clio, 1978), pp. 293–321.

14. Lloyd E. Eastman, ‘Facets of Ambivalent Relationship: Smuggling, Puppets, and Atrocities During the War, 1937–1945’, in Akira Iriye (ed.), The Chinese and the Japanese: Essays in Political and Cultural Interactions (Princeton University Press, 1980), pp. 275–303.

Volume II: History revisited

15. Chalmers Johnson, ‘The Patterns of Japanese Relations with China, 1952–1982’, Pacific Affairs, 1986, 59, 3, 402–28.

16. Adam Cathcart and Patricia Nash, ‘War Criminals and the Road to Sino-Japanese Normalization: Zhou Enlai and the Shenyang Trials, 1954–1956’, Twentieth Century China, 2008, 34, 2, 89–111.

17. Timothy Brook, ‘The Tokyo Judgment and the Rape of Nanking’, Journal of Asian Studies, 2001, 60, 3, 673–700.

18. Hidenori Ijiri, ‘Sino-Japanese Controversy Since the 1972 Diplomatic Normalization’, China Quarterly, 1990, 124, 639–61.

19. Arif Dirlik, ‘"Past Experience, if Not Forgotten, is a Guide to the Future"; Or, What is in a Text? The Politics of History in Chinese-Japanese Relations’, Boundary, 1991, 2, 18, 3, 29–58.

20. Claudia Schneider, ‘The Japanese History Textbook Controversy in East Asian Perspective’, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 2008, 617, 107–22.

21. Phil Deans, ‘Diminishing Returns? Prime Minister Koizumi’s Visits to the Yasukuni Shrine in the Context of East Asian Nationalisms’, East Asia, 2007, 24, 269–94.

22. Yang Daqing, ‘Convergence or Divergence? Recent Historical Writings on the Rape of Nanjing’, American Historical Review, 1999, 104, 3, 842–65.

23. Takashi Yoshida, ‘A Battle over History: The Nanjing Massacre in Japan’, in Joshua A. Fogel (ed.), The Nanjing Massacre in History and Historiography (University of California Press, 2000), pp. 70–132.

24. Robert Efird, ‘Japan’s "War Orphans": Identification and State Responsibility’, Journal of Japanese Studies, 2008, 34, 2, 363–88.

25. Ming Wan, ‘Sino-Japanese Redress Movement’, Sino-Japanese Relations: Interaction, Logic, and Transformation (Stanford University Press, 2006), pp. 304–27.

26. William Underwood, ‘Chinese Forced Labour, the Japanese Government and the Prospects for Redress’, Japan Focus, 2005.

27. Yinan He, ‘History, Chinese Nationalism and the Emerging Sino-Japanese Conflict’, Journal of Contemporary China, 2007, 16, 50, 1–24.

28. James Reilly, ‘China’s History Activism and Sino-Japanese Relations’, China: An International Journal, 2006, 4, 2, 189–216.

29. Parks M. Coble, ‘China’s "New Remembering" of the Anti-Japanese War of Resistance, 1937–45’, China Quarterly, 2007, 190, 394–410.

30. Rana Mitter, ‘Behind the Scenes at the Museum: Nationalism, History and Memory in the Beijing War of Resistance Museum, 1987–1997’, China Quarterly, 2000, 161, 279–93.

31. Franziska Seraphim, ‘Relocating War Memory at Century’s End: Japan’s Postwar Responsibility and Global Political Culture’, in Sheila Miyoshi Jager and Rana Mitter (eds.), Ruptured Histories: War, Memory, and the Post-Cold War in Asia (Harvard University Press, 2007), pp. 15–46.

32. Yang Daqing, ‘Mirror for the Future or the History Card? Understanding the History Problem’, in Marie Söderberg (ed.), Chinese-Japanese Relations in the Twenty-First Century: Complementarity and Conflict (Routledge, 2002), pp. 10–31.

33. O. Sumio, ‘Historical Consciousness and Japan, China and South Korea’s Shared History Teaching Materials’, Political Science, 2006, 58, 2, 3–13.

Volume III: Politics and Economics: from the separations of politics and economic to cold politics, hot economics

34. Soeya Yoshihide, ‘Japan-China Trade in the 1950s’, Japan’s Economic Diplomacy with China, 1945–1978 (Clarendon Press, 1998), pp. 20–44.

35. Franziska Seraphim, ‘People’s Diplomacy: The Japan-China Friendship Association and Critical War Memory in the 1950s’, Asia Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, 2007.

36. G. T. Hsiao, ‘The Sino-Japanese Rapprochement’, China Quarterly, 1974, 57, 101–23.

37. H. N. Kim, ‘Sino-Japanese Relations since the Rapprochement’, Asian Survey, 1975, 15, 6, 559–73.

38. Y. H. Park, ‘The "Anti-Hegemony" Controversy in Sino-Japanese Relations’, Pacific Affairs, 1976, 49, 3, 476–90.

39. Chae-Jin Lee, ‘The Making of the Sino-Japanese Peace and Friendship Treaty’, Pacific Affairs, 1979, 52, 3, 420–45.

40. S. Ishikawa, ‘Sino-Japanese Economic Co-operation’, China Quarterly, 1987, 109, 1–21.

41. Ohashi Hideo, ‘The Impact of China’s Rise on Sino-Japanese Economic Relations’, in Kokubun Ryosei and Wang Jisi (eds.), The Rise of China and a Changing East Asian Order (Japan Center for International Exchange, 2004), pp. 175–93.

42. C. H. Kwan, ‘Complementarity in Sino-Japanese Relations: Toward a Win-Win Game’, Japanese Economy, 2003, 31, 3–4, 60–6.

43. R. Drifte, ‘The Ending of Japan’s ODA Loan Programme to China: All’s Well that Ends Well?’, Asia Pacific Review, 2006, 13, 1, 94–117.

44. Min Gyo Koo, ‘The Senkaku/Diaoyu Dispute and Sino-Japanese Political-Economic Relations: Cold Politics and Hot Economics?’, Pacific Review, 2009, 22, 2, 205–32.

45. P. H. Gries, ‘China’s "New Thinking" on Japan’, China Quarterly, 2005, 184, 831–50.

46. Christopher R. Hughes, ‘Japan in the Politics of Chinese Leadership Legitimacy: Recent Developments in Historical Perspective’, Japan Forum, 2008, 20, 2, 245–66.

47. Lam Peng Er, ‘Japan’s Deteriorating Ties with China: The Koizumi Factor’, China: An International Journal, 2005, 3, 2, 275–91.

48. Shogo Suzuki, ‘The Importance of "Othering" in China’s National Identity: Sino-Japanese Relations as a Stage of Identity Conflicts’, Pacific Review, 2007, 20, 1, 23–47.

Volume IV: Security: traditional and non-traditional

49. R. Li, ‘Partners or Rivals? Chinese Perceptions of Japan’s Strategic Security’, Journal of Strategic Studies, 1999, 22, 4, 1–25.

50. Wenrang Jiang, ‘The Japanese Assessment of the "China Threat"’, in Herbert Yee and Ian Storey (eds.), The China Threat: Perceptions, Myths and Reality (Routledge, 2002), pp. 150–65.

51. Phil Deans, ‘Contending Nationalisms and the Diaoyutai/Senkaku Dispute’, Security Dialogue, 2000, 31, 1, 119–31.

52. Erica Strecker Downs and Phillip C. Saunders, ‘Legitimacy and the Limits of Nationalism’, International Security, 1998, 23, 3, 114–46.

53. T. J. Christensen, ‘China, the US-Japan Alliance, and the Security Dilemma in East Asia’, International Security, 1999, 23, 4, 49–80.

54. P. Midford, ‘China Views the Revised US-Japan Defense Guidelines: Popping the Cork?’, International Relations of the Asia Pacific, 2004, 4, 1, 113–45.

55. Christopher W. Hughes, ‘Sino-Japanese Relations and Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD)’, in Marie Söderberg (ed.), Chinese-Japanese Relations in the Twenty-First Century: Complementarity and Conflict (Routledge, 2002), pp. 69–87.

56. M. M. Mochizuki, ‘Japan’s Shifting Strategy Toward the Rise of China’, Journal of Strategic Studies, 2007, 30, 4–5, 739–76.

57. J. Sun, ‘Japan-Taiwan relations: Unofficial in Name Only’, Asian Survey, 2007, 47, 790–810.

58. Phil Deans, ‘The Taiwan Question: Reconciling the Irreconcilable’, in Marie Söderberg (ed.), Chinese-Japanese Relations in the Twenty-First Century: Complementarity and Conflict (Routledge, 2002), pp. 88–102.

59. Elizabeth Wishnick, ‘Competition and Cooperative Practices in Sino-Japanese Energy and Environmental Relations: Towards an Energy Security "Risk Community"’, Pacific Review, 2009, 22, 4, 401–28.

60. Ryokichi Hirono, ‘Japan’s Environmental Cooperation with China in the Last Twenty Years’, Asia Pacific Review, 2007, 14, 2, 1–16.

61. Reinhard Drifte, ‘From "Sea of Confrontation" to "Sea of Peace, Cooperation and Friendship"? Japan Facing China in the East’, China Japan Aktuell, 2008.

62. Shoichi Itoh, ‘China’s Surging Energy Demand: Trigger for Conflict or Cooperation with Japan?’, East Asia, 2007, 25, 79–98.

63. Purnendra Jain, ‘Forging New Bilateral Relations: Japan China Cooperation at the Sub-National Level’, in Lam Peng Er (ed.), Japan’s Relations with China: Facing a Rising Power (Routledge, 2006), pp. 128–48.

64. Saori N. Katada, ‘Constructing Regional Interests in Japan And China’, Japanese Economy, 2003, 31, 3–4, 126–50.

65. Takashi Terada, ‘Forming an East Asian Community: A Site for Japan-China Power Struggles’, Japanese Studies, 2006, 26, 1, 5–17.

66. You Ji, ‘East Asian Community: A new platform for Sino-Japanese Cooperation and Contention’, Japanese Studies, 2006, 26, 1, 19–28.

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