Japan-China Relations : Muddling Through

Author
James J. Przystup
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Comparative Connections
Volume
13
Issue Number
2
Publication Date
September 2011
Institution
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Abstract
Private-sector contacts kept the bilateral relationship afloat while high-level official contact began to re-engage. Defense ministers met in June in Singapore and foreign ministers met in July in Beijing. In each instance, they agreed on the importance of advancing the strategic and mutually beneficial relationship. In early August, Japan's Ministry of Defense released its 2011 Defense White Paper, which expressed concerns over China's military modernization, its increasing activities in waters off Japan, and its “overbearing” conduct in the South China Sea. Eight days later, the Chinese aircraft carrier Varyag left port for initial sea trails. Meanwhile, activities in the Senkaku/Diaoyutai Islands area continued to generate political friction in both Tokyo and Beijing.
Political Geography
Japan, China, Tokyo, Island, South China