Useful Adversary: Foreign-Domestic Linkages in China’s Relations with Japan (2010–15)

  • Satoshi Amako
  • Mong Cheung


Of all the foreign policy relationships of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Japan has always been considered the most sensitive and emotional, one that needs to be prudently handled in Chinese domestic politics. This chapter examines the influence of domestic politics on Chinese foreign relations with Japan. By examining two cases after the Chinese fishing trawler collision incident in 2010 and improvements in China-Japan relations since 2014, this chapter offers an alternative interpretation of China’s Japan policy in the post-Cold War era by highlighting the domestic legitimacy of political leaders and the power rivalry within the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Satoshi Amako
    • 1
  • Mong Cheung
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate School of Asia-Pacific StudiesWaseda UniversityTokyoJapan
  2. 2.School of International Liberal Studies (SILS)Waseda UniversityTokyoJapan

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