The Asian-Pacific is now one of the most important regions in the global system, where the interplay of integrative economic, geo-political and sociocultural processes provide increasing scope for regional leadership to be exercised, particularly by China and Japan. This book studies the relationship between the People's Republic of China and Japan as the basis of the construction and maintenance of economic and security arrangements in this region. It explains how these arrangements have been challenged by the occasionally testy ties between these two major Asian powers and explores their dynamic interactions in promoting their own agenda and ambitions, and obstructing that of the other's in contending for leadership of East Asia. In so doing, it highlights the complex interdependence and competitiveness of China and Japan, with careful observation from the United States. This book provides practical guidance for foreign policymaking in China, Japan and the United States, and makes theoretical inferences for the study of Sino-Japanese relations, regional integration and international relations generally.
C.P. Chung is a Professor in the Department of Political Science, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, having received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. Dr Chung has published several books and contributed to edited works, and his articles have appeared in journals such as Foreign Affairs, China Quarterly, Pacific Affairs, Asian Survey and Harvard International Review. His research interests include the politics and history of China, Chinese and Asian foreign and security relations, dynamics of political change in Asia, and diplomatic bargaining.
Contents: Preface; Sino-Japanese relations in the first post-Cold War decade; Proactive Japan and reactive China; China's initiatives in structuring regional multilateralism (1996-2004); China-Japan relations in the post-Koizumi era: a brightening half-decade?; From mutual tolerance to separate ways; Delayed but proactive response: Japan strikes back; 'One-upmanship' diplomacy in the Pacific; Competitive multilateralism: ASEAN in the context of China's advance, Japan's flanking and America's pivot; Looking forward: Japan and China in an East Asian community; Index.