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2013/3 (No 150)

  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 9782707177032
  • DOI : 10.3917/her.150.0103
  • Publisher : La Découverte

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The relationship between China and Japan is a good example of a geopolitical paradox. They are neighbors; one is a continent, large and highly populated and the other is an archipelago, elongated and much smaller; both fall under the same Sinicized zone of civilization. Yet despite their proximity and the differential balance of power, China has never invaded Japan. The reverse cannot be said of Japan, however, which occupied China during the Fifteen Years War (1931–1945). Although peace returned and there has been strong growth in trade between the two countries since the 1980s, the legacy of the war still weighs heavy. The reason for this only becomes apparent once the role played by the United States is taken into account.


  1. So Near and Yet So Far: China-Japan, a Geopolitical Paradox
    1. The Sinicized Japanese “Land’s End”
    2. The Japanese Rejection of Europeans and Christianity: A Corollary of the Chinese Withdrawal
    3. The Geopolitical Inversion of the Contemporary Period
    4. The Fifteen Years War (1931–1945): Disillusions, Massacres, and Bitterness
  2. Economic and Political Relations
    1. China as Japan’s Primary Trading Partner
    2. Japan as Primary Investor in China
    3. Everything Is Political
    4. The Foundation: The 1978 Treaty
    5. Apologizing with Sincerity
    6. Two Turning Points in Sino-Japanese Relations
    7. Beyond the Senkaku Islands: The Ryukyu Islands
    8. The Naval Confrontation
    9. The United States: The Third Party
    10. The United States Cajoles Japan
  3. Conclusion: Lips and Teeth

To cite this article

Philippe Pelletier, “ Le chien et l'éléphant. Le Japon au miroir de la Chine ”, Hérodote 3/2013 (n° 150) , p. 103-131
URL : www.cairn.info/revue-herodote-2013-3-page-103.htm.
DOI : 10.3917/her.150.0103.

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