Episode 96 – The Dragon and the Rising Sun, Part 6

This week, we’re turn to the modern Sino-Japanese relationship. After 1978, the communist party assumed a different form under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping. How did those changes affect diplomacy between China and Japan? And what on earth happened to lead to the modern fraught relationship between East Asia’s two most powerful states?

Listen to the episode here.

Sources

Hilpert, Hans-Gunther. Japan and China: Cooperation, Competition, and Conflict.

Lary, Diana. China’s Republic.

Pyle, Kenneth. Japan Rising. 

Images and Media

Hua Guofeng was Mao's immediate sucessor. He was a believing Maoist, but was outmaneuvered by the developmentalist Deng Xiaoping.
Hua Guofeng was Mao’s immediate sucessor. He was a believing Maoist, but was outmaneuvered by the developmentalist Deng Xiaoping.
Deng Xiaoping went from prisoner to master of the Communist Party in only eight years. His credibility with the People's Liberation Army was key to his success.
Deng Xiaoping went from prisoner to master of the Communist Party in only eight years. His credibility with the People’s Liberation Army was key to his success.
I did not know until recently that this picture of Deng at a rodeo in Texas in 1979 existed. I feel happier now knowing it does.
I did not know until recently that this picture of Deng at a rodeo in Texas in 1979 existed. I feel happier now knowing it does.
The democracy protests in Tiananmen, c. May, 1989.
The democracy protests in Tiananmen, c. May, 1989.

The BBC’s coverage of the 1989 Tiananmen protests and crackdown

Emperor Akihito (center) with Chinese Ambassador to Japan Wang Yi (left) in Beijing, 1992.
Emperor Akihito (center) with Chinese Ambassador to Japan Wang Yi (left) in Beijing, 1992.
Anti-Japanese protests like this one are becoming an increasingly common fixture of major Chinese cities. This photo was taken in Shanghai in 2012.
Anti-Japanese protests like this one are becoming an increasingly common fixture of major Chinese cities. This photo was taken in Shanghai in 2012.
I love this photo way too much. From the APEC summit, November 2014.
I love this photo way too much. From the APEC summit, November 2014.
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2 thoughts on “Episode 96 – The Dragon and the Rising Sun, Part 6

  1. Frank Gulla

    Nice background on the China-Japan relationship. I would liked to have heard more about how the Chinese position affected the Japanese position. You did mention it, but sometimes I thought I was listening to the History of China podcast, not THoJ. Good work and looking forward to more.

    1. Yeah, I feel you there. It can be hard when doing some of these cross-border series to balance the focus on the Japanese relationship with the need to help out people who may not know Korean history, or Chinese history, or whatever else.

      It’s a balancing act, and I don’t always perform it to my satisfaction.

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