Presenter:CHEUNG, Mong （Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies）
Presentation Theme:Useful Adversary: Foreign-Domestic Linkages in China-Japan relations
It is generally taken for granted that Sino-Japanese relations in the post-Cold War era are determined by the emergence of nationalism and strategic calculations with regard to East Asia international politics in both sides. These interpretations are insufficient. Of the foreign policy relationship of People’s Republic of China (PRC), Japan has always been considered as the most sensitive and emotional foreign policy issue that needed to be prudently handled in Chinese domestic politics. Similarly, no country feels China's rise more deeply than Japan. The rejuvenation of China since the 2000s has gradually turned into a significant issue in Japanese domestic political context. By examining two recent cases in the 2010s, this short talk offers an alternative interpretation to Sino-Japanese relations in the post-Cold War era by highlighting the rationality of individual leaders and the primacy of domestic political survival.