Maintain high-level strategic focus and push China-Japan relations back on normal track

WU Jinan1

(1.Institute for Taiwan, Hong Kong & Macao Studies, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, Shanghai, China 200233)

【Abstract】An obvious thaw rose in China-Japan relations since the latter half of the year 2017 after bilateral relations being in a record low for years. This is the historic choice made by bilateral high-level conforming to the trend of the times and the aspirations of the people as the world undergoes profound and complex changes, and the result developed by China and Japan in a joint effort. Nevertheless, it is admitted that there still lies structural contradiction in the China-Japan relations and with the influence of international big countries game, which in turn make the basis for the thaw in China-Japan relations still more fragile. The thaw in China-Japan relations is likely to encounter unfavorable political factors at any time, leading bilateral relations to go backward. In view of this, it is needed to maintain the strategic focus and seize the hard-won historic opportunity closely to bring China-Japan relations back on healthy and stable development track.

【Keywords】 China-Japan relations; potential risk; strategic focus;


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Vol 37, No. 05, Pages 1-7

September 2018


Article Outline


  • 1 China-Japan relations ushered in a rare historical opportunity in the context of world development, major changes, and major adjustments
  • 2 The foundation for the recovery of China-Japan relations is weak, and it may encounter “cold air cyclones” at any time
  • 3 It is urgent to eliminate all kinds of interference and maintain strategic strength for China-Japan relations to maintain a good momentum of stabilization
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