Japan stays on sidelines as China marches on

China's rise as a miltary power has not led to increased Japanese defence spending (photo: dpa)
China's rise as a miltary power has not led to increased Japanese defence spending (photo: dpa)

The Japanese government continues to pursue its accommodating strategy towards China’s growth. This report goes behind the veil of the recent anti-Japanese protests in Chinese cities and looks at the long-term forces that govern the relationship between the two Asian economic giants, highlighting Tokyo’s response to Beijing’s security and defence demands.

Japan stays on sidelines as China marches on

Japan has accepted China’s natural rise to regional power status.

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In general, Tokyo’s policy can be described as accommodating as well, but with more reservations than in the areas of territorial integrity and economic deve...

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