Sino-Japanese Power Politics

Might, Money and Minds

  • Giulio Pugliese
  • Aurelio Insisa

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Giulio Pugliese, Aurelio Insisa
    Pages 19-41
  3. Giulio Pugliese, Aurelio Insisa
    Pages 43-56
  4. Giulio Pugliese, Aurelio Insisa
    Pages 57-78
  5. Giulio Pugliese, Aurelio Insisa
    Pages 103-127
  6. Giulio Pugliese, Aurelio Insisa
    Pages 129-134
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 135-146

About this book


This book is about Japan-China power politics in the military, economic and propaganda domains. The post-2012 standoff over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands has unveiled the antagonistic quality to Sino-Japanese relations, with an important addition: a massive information war that has cemented the two states’ rivalry. Under the Xi and Abe administrations, China and Japan insisted on their moral position as benign and peaceful powers, and portrayed the neighbor as an aggressive revisionist. By highlighting great power rivalry, this study makes a theoretical contribution in favor of the power politics behind Sino-Japanese identities. The work is multidisciplinary in spirit and aims to speak both to academics and to general readers who might be curious of understanding this fascinating if worrisome facet of Sino-Japanese relations. In turn, the assessment of the diplomatic, economic and identity clash between the world’s second and third wealthiest states provides a window in understanding the international politics of the Asia-Pacific in the early 21st Century. This book is an invaluable resource for scholars, Area Studies and Political Science students and policymakers alike.

Giulio Pugliese is Lecturer in War Studies with a focus on East Asian Security, at King’s College London. 

Aurelio Insisa covers Taiwanese affairs for Asia Maior, the Italian think tank devoted to current Asian affairs.  


Japan-China Neo-Classical Realism Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands dispute US-Japan-China relations Geopolitics

Authors and affiliations

  • Giulio Pugliese
    • 1
  • Aurelio Insisa
    • 2
  1. 1.War Studies DepartmentKing’s College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.History DepartmentUniversity of Hong KongPokfulamHong Kong

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