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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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Popular Nationalism and Economic Interests in China’s Japan Policy

Popular Nationalism and Economic Interests in China’s Japan Policy

(p.169) Chapter 6 Popular Nationalism and Economic Interests in China’s Japan Policy
Strategic Adjustment and the Rise of China

James Reilly

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the contribution of Sino-Japanese economic interdependence on China's moderation of the role of mass nationalism on its policymaking. It contends that the importance to China of stable Sino-Japanese economic cooperation has compelled Chinese leaders to repress periodic mass outbursts of anti-Japanese nationalism before they could harm Sino-Japanese economic cooperation. But the rise of the Chinese economy vis-à-vis Japan, and Beijing's corresponding understanding that Japanese dependence on the Chinese economy has superseded Sino-Japanese interdependence, have weakened the constraints of economic interests on China's Japan policy. The rise of the Chinese economy has eroded the contribution of economic interdependence to stable Sino-Japanese relations, suggesting a long-term trend of greater nationalist content in China's Japan policy.

Keywords:   economic interdependence, Sino-Japanese relations, Chinese leaders, anti-Japanese nationalism, Beijing, Japan policy, Chinese economy

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