Since the end of the Cold War China and Japan have faced each other as powers of relatively equal strength for the first time in their long history. As the two great powers of East Asia the way they both compete and cooperate with each other and the way they conduct their relations in the new era will play a big part in the evolution of the region as a whole. This textbook explores in detail the ways in which politics has shaped the thinking about history and identity in both China and Japan and explains the role political leadership in each country has played in shaping their respective nationalisms. Michael Yahuda traces the evolution of the relationship over the two decades against the framework of a rising China gaining ground on a stagnant Japan and analyzes the politics of the economic interdependence between the two countries and their cooperation and competition in Southeast Asia and in its regional institutions.
Concluding with an examination of the complexities of their strategic relations and an evaluation of the potentialities for conflict and co-existence between the two countries, this is an essential text for students and scholars of Sino-Japanese and East Asian International Relations.
Michael Yahuda is Professor Emeritus of International Relations at the London School of Economics, UK and visiting scholar, the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, The Elliot School, George Washington University, USA.
Preface Introduction: Sino-Japanese Relations After the Cold War: Two Tigers Sharing the Same Mountain 1. Politics of History and Identity: From the Mao era to the early reform period of the 1980s 2. The Post Cold War Transformation: The 1990s 3. China's Rise and Japan's Decline 2000-2012 4. The Politics of Sino-Japanese Economic Interdependence 5. Partnership and Rivalry in Regional Institutions 6. Strategic Rivalry Conclusion: Looking Ahead