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Economic Integration, Democratization and National Security in East Asia

Economic Integration, Democratization and National Security in East Asia

Shifting Paradigms in US, China and Taiwan Relations

Edited by Peter C.Y. Chow

The US policy of supporting a democratic Taiwan while simultaneously engaging China is a delicate and complex balance, with outcomes critical to economic, security and strategic interests in Asia. At the same time, rising Taiwanese identity amid the emerging power of China continues to change the paradigm. The contributors to this volume explore the political and economic dimensions of this complicated and pressing issue.

Chapter 13: Has There Been a Shift in Japanese Policy Toward China?

Alexander K. Young

Subjects: asian studies, asian economics, economics and finance, asian economics, politics and public policy, international politics, terrorism and security


Alexander K. Young JAPAN TAKING A STAND ON TAIWAN On 19 February 2005 Japan and the United States issued a joint statement that maintaining the peace and security of the Taiwan Strait is a common strategic objective. Nothing extraordinary, except for the fact that it was the first time that Japan joined the US in voicing public concern about China’s military build-up in the area and about growing tension between China and Taiwan. LONG ‘JAPAN–CHINA FRIENDSHIP DIPLOMACY’ After establishing diplomatic relations with China in 1972, Japan began pursuing an utmost goodwill ‘Japan–China friendship diplomacy’, emphasizing long historic and cultural ties. Accepting the ‘one-China’ principle and respecting Beijing’s position that ‘Taiwan is part of China’, it summarily terminated diplomatic relations with Taiwan despite half a century of a comparatively benevolent colonial rule and a residue of mutual goodwill. Japan has provided tens of billions of dollars in government economic development aid since 1979, contributing greatly to China’s rapid economic growth. It has patiently endured ungrateful China’s repeated calls on Japan to apologize for past invasions, to remember history, to revise history textbooks and to deny tourist visas to Dr Lee Teng-hui, Taiwan’s former President, and demands on Japanese Prime Ministers to cease visiting the Yasukuni shrine. Tokyo first became alarmed about China’s military posture in 1995 and 1996 when China test-fired ballistic missiles into Taiwan’s adjacent seas, but continued what some critics have charged ‘a spineless policy toward Beijing’, expressing its concern only in vague declarations and laws....

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