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Strategic Adjustment and the Rise of ChinaPower and Politics in East Asia$
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Robert S. Ross

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501709180

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501709180.001.0001

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Protecting the Status Quo

Protecting the Status Quo

Japan’s Response to the Rise of China

(p.137) Chapter 5 Protecting the Status Quo
Strategic Adjustment and the Rise of China

Ian Bowers

Bjørn Elias Mikalsen Grønning

Cornell University Press

This chapter explores the domestic and international sources of Japan's adjustment to the power shift in Sino-Japanese relations. It argues that the growth of the Chinese economy, which is now larger than the Japanese economy, and the modernization of the Chinese Navy pose a mounting challenge to Japanese security and its secure access to sea lanes of communication. China's rise and developments in Japanese domestic politics have produced a multifaceted Japanese strategic response to prevent China from posing a significant threat to Japanese security. Under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's leadership, Japan has strengthened its domestic capabilities with reform of its national security policymaking institutions and relaxed restrictions on international military cooperation.

Keywords:   Japan, Sino-Japanese relations, power shift, Chinese economy, Chinese Navy, Japanese security, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

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