China-Japan relations | South China Morning Post
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is visiting Beijing this week — the latest event in a gradual thawing of Japan–China relations. Without fanfare or major elaboration, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has arrived in Beijing for the first formal bilateral visit by a Japanese. China–Japan relations or Sino-Nippon relations refer to the international relations between the People's Republic of China and the State of Japan. The countries.
First is restoring China—Japan relations from the series of incidents that catalysed its initial deterioration. Japan hopes to relaunch a cooperative development program in the East China Sea that was first agreed upon in between then leaders Hu Jintao and Yasuo Fukuda.
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It is also attempting to reach agreements on maritime communication and joint search and rescue mechanisms in the East China Sea that restore order to the contested waters. Japan has had some success in eliciting a consensus from China on these points.
China is keen to persist with these endeavours and maintain the status quo in the East China Sea. Japan stopped extending loans to China back inbut now it has also officially announced that it will cease official development assistance payments. China expressed its gratitude to Japan for its support on both fronts, and the two countries exchanged — as equals — a memorandum on over 50 projects for business cooperation in third countries.
In other words, Japanese cooperation is only guaranteed provided strict conditions are met. These conditions are by no means being publicised in China.
But it is safe to assume that the more than 50 projects that Abe greenlighted in Beijing all met, or will meet, these conditions. While covertly criticising the United States for its anti-globalisation turn, Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang expressed their hope that Japan and China could combine forces to take the United States head on. But the likelihood of such a joint Japan—China push back against the United States is slim.
From an economic point of view, Japan wants to return a normal relationship with China, but given the political factors and US-Japan relationship, it is quite difficult for Japan to return normal relationship.
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Even if the unpredictable policy of the current administration may be to blame for that, it still sends a bad message to Japan as it tends to show that Washington is maybe not as reliable an ally as in the past. In these circumstances, it only seems natural that Japan would consider associating more and more with the other big power of the region.
This may also secure a good situation in the future, in an Asia Pacific where the US is showing some signs of weakness.
And now that China itself is ready to compromise in order to make allies and isolate the US, cooperation agreements could probably be reached more regularly. In short, to say it in a slightly provocative way, should we even consider the possibility of a sino-japanese alliance to the expense of the US?
Changing the article 9 or the US military status in Okinawa could change the power balance of US-Japan in the security relationship, however, the alliance would not be broken down easily. On the other hand, In the realm of economic relationship, Japan would be more close to China in the near future by seeing the trade wars of various countries with United States.
As in the article, Japan sees the important role of China for its economic growth, as well as the timing to be engaged with Chinese expansion of economic power across continents.
I am curious how the economic tie among China,Japan, and South Korea could strength Chinese anti-US leading power in the international world.
Shek Tin Lok says: October 24, One thing China may possible to obtain in normalizing Sino-Japan relations is the core technology such as semiconducter. Right now China still rely on US on high tech product due to the difference in technology level. The main semiconductor manufacture in the world are US, taiwan, japan and EU. The forced technology share imposed on foreign firm is no longer working due to the fear of foreign country. Therefore, Tokyo should try to find political solutions on diplomatic issues with Beijing to not to bother economic activities, one that Tokyo sees as a key.
October 24, Currently Japan and China are fixing their relations to get closer. This is because China is suffering from economic sanctions by U.
Regarding the relation wuth China, Russia wants to keep balance because of high reliance on China in terms of economy. S and it will last for a while. Based on these cases, Russia is tring to find breakthrough by fixing the relation with Japan that has srong tie with U.
China is now facing huge challenge against its economiy from outsde.
This means China cannot get along with U. S for a while Until president of U. Russia also wants to avoid too much reliance on China. Furthermore, Japan and China have territorial disputes.
I think this is big obstacles for Sino-Japanese relationse and also it cannot be solved unless China and Japan get closer based on diplomatic balancing strategy because its poit is sovereingty, not diplomatic issue. Based on these, I wonder China and Japan really can get close in terms of politics? Although contrary to the views of many, Japan holds significant negotiation leverage and should not be concerned about being left in the dust by some bilateral agreement between the US and North Korea.
Despite its unexpected exclusion from the North Korea — US summit, Japan will continue to be a major presence in the Asia-Pacific region. This confidence stems from the fact that it is a strong ally no matter what side it chooses. Even though public opinion and all other signs point to a continuation of cordial relations with the United States, Japan does have the option of strengthening ties with China once more, and by doing so would retain the support of a global hegemon.
This has planted a seed of doubt within the minds of several nations namely Japan about the how reliable the US is as a global partner and left them unsure about how to handle situations such as Pyongyang denuclearization, which was initially intended to be a united front approach. Furthermore, there is incentive for China to want to strengthen its relations with Japan as that would throw an even bigger wedge in US presence in the Asia-Pacific.
As a result, it seems natural that Japan would explore a scenario where Sino — Japan relations are bolstered so that Japan can maintain its position as a key world player.
After all, countries are rational actors and will do what they must in order to ensure their survival. With the election of Trump, China is capitalizing on the fact that they are now dealing with a U. President that is more easily manipulated than past ones.
With this, they are using their position to manipulate Prime Minister Abe with economic incentives in order to drive a wedge between Japan and the United States. During the midst of worsening Sino-US relations, it is interesting seeing China reconsolidating the relationship with its East Asian counterparts. Including this, in recent years, the increasing dynamism in East Asia resulting from integration and cooperation among the countries has become visible and multidimensional.
And this inclination is no coincidence. Japan understands that even if US-Japan political ties are crucial to its political standing, it heavily relies on its relationship with China in the economic factor.
I think both parties China and Japan understand that although there are historical and territorial disagreements, they should focus on the mutual economic benefits. At the moment, USA is attacking China in terms of economics, while Japan is expanding its support for Southeast states, which have overlapping territorial claims with China. Thus, it is unlikely to both states to normalize its relations.
In the past century, relations between China and Japan have been strained to say the least. Even if the Chinese and Japanese governments realize the benefits of improved relations, I believe it will take a long time to convince the populous.
There has been a century of harsh rhetoric on both sides, and this is what several generations have grown up hearing and believing. The rhetoric must change soon to start shifting public opinion in favor of improved relations. I think Japan is also aware of this. Japan wants to improve relations with China, but it will be prepared for another cycle of bad relations with China. October 26, Although it seems that Japan and China are beginning to somewhat warm up to each other, it also seems to very much just be a facade.
I think because of the pressures from the United States, it may make China stronger but of course it depends on the relationships that the region really has.