China-Japan Relations in the 21st Century

Antagonism Despite Interdependency

  • Lam Peng Er

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Overview of Bilateral Relations: Local and National

  3. China and Japan in Multilateral Settings: Cooperation and Competition

  4. China, Japan and Maritime Affairs: Traditional and Non-Traditional Security

  5. Triangular Relations

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 377-387

About this book


This new collection examines the paradox of Sino-Japanese relations and the rising diplomatic antagonism between both countries despite deepening economic interdependency. Offering a unique perspective on the history of bilateral ties since diplomatic normalization in 1972, it considers the growing interdependency between China and Japan in bilateral trade, investment, tourism and education, as well as the question of nationalism and Sino-Japanese rivalry in multilateral settings such as in ASEAN processes, the Mekong Basin and the South China Sea. Focusing on the power transition in East Asia, the lack of a common enemy in the post-Cold War era, the clash of Chinese and Japanese nationalism, and a lack of trust, shared values and common identity between China and Japan, this collection addresses the origins of a troubled bilateral relationship which could impact on the stability and prosperity of East Asia.


China-Japan Paradox China-Japan antagonism despite interdependency East China and South China Seas Dispute Kansai’s relations with China China-Japan rivalry and ASEAN China, Japan and the Mekong Basin China, Japan and “soft power” China, Japan and South Korea China, Japan and India

Editors and affiliations

  • Lam Peng Er
    • 1
  1. 1.East Asian InstituteNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
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  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-4372-7
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-4373-4
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