Japan and China as Charm Rivals
Soft Power in Regional Diplomacy
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: University of Michigan Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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Introduction: “Peaceful Rise” vs. “Beautiful Japan”
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The idea for this book came to me in a rather random way. In December 2006, a news story, “Dragon May No Longer Fit to Serve as China’s Symbol,” caught my attention. Professor Wu Youfu, also the party general secretary of the Shanghai Foreign Studies University...
1. A Short History of Charm in Japan-China Relations
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Given the high level of distrust and antagonism between Japan and China today, it is hard to believe that charm has ever played a role in Sino-Japanese relations. Japan, however, was among the first noncommunist countries that the newly founded People’s Republic sought to woo...
2. Southeast Asia: Learning to Treat Neighbors as Peers
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In this chapter, I examine China and Japan’s efforts to woo Southeast Asia.1 Given its resources and location, Southeast Asia’s strategic importance is obvious. A long history of interactions also means that neither China nor Japan is a stranger to the region. Familiarity, however, can breed both admiration and suspicion...
3. South Korea: A Suspicious Power Resistant to Charm
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This chapter examines China and Japan’s efforts to woo South Korea. Though geographically a small country, South Korea is a global economic powerhouse, boasting the fifteenth-biggest GDP in the world in 2010. The country is an immediate neighbor and a major trading partner with both Japan and China...
4. Taiwan: Negotiating Self-Identity and Security
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This chapter examines China and Japan’s efforts to woo Taiwan, which differs in important ways from previously examples. Unlike South Korea and countries in Southeast Asia, the issue of national identity still hangs in Taiwan’s air. Having ruled the island in the nineteenth century and for much of the first half of the twentieth...
Conclusion: The Dynamic Wooing Game
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Most recently, China’s wooing campaign has become more selective about whom to attract. Burned by a series of public relations debacles, the Chinese government has realized that it has only a slim chance of making itself appealing to “the West,” a concept vaguely defined in Chinese popular discourse as the industrialized democracies of Europe
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Page Count: 272
Illustrations: 15 figures, 7 tables
Publication Year: 2012