Japan's Security Relations With China: From Balancing to by Reinhard Drifte

By Reinhard Drifte

Japan's safety kinfolk with China on the grounds that 1989 increases the the most important query of even if Japan's political management that is nonetheless preoccupied with discovering a brand new political constellation and with overcoming a deep financial hindrance is ready to deal with this type of complicated coverage within the face of an more and more assertive China and a US alliance accomplice with robust swings among attractive and containing China's strength. This research of the hugely topical bilateral courting may be of significant curiosity to scholars and researchers in eastern and chinese language stories, Politics, diplomacy and safeguard stories.

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Not until May 1987 did a director-general of the Defence Agency (Kurihara Yuko) visit China – after his Chinese counterpart, the defence minister, Zhang Aiping – had visited him in July 1984. 61 The resurgence of Chinese security concerns It is clear today that China’s anti-Soviet stance of joining up with Western countries was only a transient phase in Beijing’s diplomacy and security policy. When China realised the diplomatic costs of this policy – in terms of vulnerability to being used as a card by the US, jeopardizing other important security interests (notably national reunification) – and when the immediate danger of a Soviet attack had disappeared, China’s leaders reverted to a more aloof and independent line.

American anti-Communism and antiChina deterrence objectives led to Japan’s insulation from China and other 16 Japanese–Chinese relations under Cold War conditions Asian countries directly after Japan’s defeat in 1945. China’s legitimate grievances are also undermined by the features of its repressive Communist regime, which include distortion of historical facts in its own textbooks and the huge human sacrifices of its domestic policies over the last fifty years. Finally, the Japanese political system is rather inward-looking and parochial, encountering deep problems of perception when it comes to foreign views and sensitivities.

In 1985 the prime minister, Nakasone Yasuhiro, visited the Yasukuni Shrine for the war dead on the Japanese–Chinese relations under Cold War conditions 27 fortieth anniversary of Japan’s surrender, which led to Chinese government protests, but also to student protests that Japan’s economic ‘invasion’ of China was linked to the issues of the past. In summer 1982 China launched a strong attack against Japan’s alleged move to whitewash Japan’s past aggression against China in textbooks screened by the Ministry of Education by replacing the word ‘invade’ (shinryaku) with ‘advance’ (shinshutsu).

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