Aggressive Nationalism: The Legacy of Japanese Imperialism

  • Robert WeatherleyEmail author
  • Qiang Zhang


In this chapter, we will see how the party uses the legacy of Japanese imperialism as a form of aggressive nationalism. The wounds of this legacy are often salted by the party in the wake of a bilateral spat over the disputed Diaoyu Islands or a visit by a high-level Japanese politician to the Yasukuni Shrine, after which Japan is accused of still behaving like an imperialist power. Here again, the objective is to bolster the CCP’s position as the sole protector of Chinese national interests in the face of an aggressive foreign opponent. However, critics have derided the party’s weakness in its dealings with Japan, expressing a preference for the strongman approach epitomised by Mao Zedong or Vladimir Putin.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  2. 2.University of OxfordOxfordUK

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