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?
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Japan and China: Cooperation, Competition, and Conflict.
Images and Media
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.
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 BBC’s coverage of the 1989 Tiananmen protests and crackdown
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.
I love this photo way too much. From the APEC summit, November 2014.