The cool-headed handling by China and Japan of recent incidents concerning the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, especially the provocations of nationalist ‘activists’ on both sides, and the purchase of three islands by the Japanese government, underlines that the two powers understand that each would lose out from any escalation of the conflict. Japan is dealing with China’s rise to power and Tokyo has had an accommodating response to Beijing’s demands in the areas of territorial integrity and economic development.

CHINA’S grand strategy, developed under Deng Xiaoping and pursued ever since, is based on three pillars.


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Dr. Stefan Lippert
In comparison with most Western countries, Tokyo reacted in a very restrained way to the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989 and refrained from ‘sanctions’
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