chapter  11
23 Pages

China’s Military Strategy Regarding Japan

During the summer of 1997, a Japanese sinologist described Sino-Japanese rela­ tions as “haunted by distrust,” adding that China sometimes acted unreasonably due to internal power struggles.1 While few Chinese would have disagreed with the former statement, they would doubtless reject the view that their country’s fears of Japan had been either unreasonable or motivated solely, or even prima­ rily, by internal power struggles.