The rise of China in Asia: Japan at the nexus

Yoshihide Soeya

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Abstract

The complexity of China’s rise is well expressed in its aspiration for “a new model of major power relations,” which simultaneously seeks a peaceful coexistence with the United States and a new Asian order with a strong China back in its traditional, central place. Japan is situated at the nexus of this dual nature of China’s rise. This is a natural extension of Deng Xiaoping’s strategy, which used courageous open-door and reform policies and the emphasis on the modern history of humiliation as new sources of legitimacy and unity. Recently, amid a worsening vicious cycle compounded by the phenomenon of a “normalizing” Japan and the aggravation of Chinese nationalism, the “Senkaku/Diaoyu” dispute has come to signify a virtual clash of paradigms over preferred regional orders. In the coming years, a strategy of cooperation with China’s neighbors is needed for Japan with a long-term view of coexisting peacefully with China.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWill China's Rise be Peaceful?
Subtitle of host publicationThe Rise of a Great Power in Theory, History, Politics, and the Future
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages277-298
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780190675387
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1

Keywords

  • China
  • Diaoyu
  • Japan
  • Power
  • Senkaku
  • South china sea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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    Soeya, Y. (2017). The rise of China in Asia: Japan at the nexus. In Will China's Rise be Peaceful?: The Rise of a Great Power in Theory, History, Politics, and the Future (pp. 277-298). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190675387.003.0014