From before the dawn of recorded history, there has been a rich flow of interaction between Japan and China. Japan has long learned many things from Chinese civilization, and since the modern era China began to learn from Japan. In the twenty-first century, however, China surpassed Japan in terms of GDP in 2010 to become the world’s second largest economy. Amid this rapid rise of China and what has been called a power-shift in Japan–China relations, there are signs that bilateral tensions are rising and that the image each country has of the other is worsening.

This volume provides a cogent analysis of the politics of the bilateral relationship in the modern era, explaining the past, present, and future of Japan–China relations during a time of massive political, social, and economic changes. Written by a team of internationally renowned Japanese scholars and based on sources not available in English, this book is essential reading for students and scholars of Japan–China relations, Japanese international relations, and the politics and international relations of East Asia

chapter |30 pages

Prologue: Japan–China Relations Before 1949

Between competitive coexistence and confrontation

chapter 1|28 pages

Japan–China Relations of The 1950s

Forming relations with the “two Chinas”

chapter 2|23 pages

Japan–China Relations of the 1960s

Caught between the “two Chinas”

chapter 3|27 pages

Japan–China Relations of the 1970s

International politics and restructuring of Japan–China relations

chapter 4|22 pages

Japan–China Relations of the 1980s

Greater development and appearance of problems

chapter 5|24 pages

Japan–China Relations of the 1990s

Rise of China and increase of frictions

chapter 6|33 pages

Japan–China Relations at the Start of the Twenty-First Century

The rocky path to a strategic mutually beneficial relationship

chapter 7|12 pages

The Current State of Japan–China Relations

Navigating a fragile relationship