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Japan and China have been rivals for more than a millennium. In more recent times, China was the more powerful until the late nineteenth century, while Japan took the upper hand in the twentieth. Now, China''s resurgence has emboldened it even as Japan perceives itself falling behind,
exacerbating long-standing historical frictions. June Teufel Dreyer''s Middle Kingdom and Empire of the Rising Sun provides a highly accessible overview of one of the world''s great civilizational rivalries that ranges from the seventh century to the present. Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century,
the shrinking distances afforded by advances in technology and the intrusion of Western powers brought the two into closer proximity in ways that alternately united and divided them. In the aftermath of multiple wars between them, including a long and brutal conflict in World War II, Japan developed
into an economic power but rejected militarism. China''s journey toward modernization was hindered by ideological and leadership struggles that lasted until the death of Mao Zedong in 1976. The final part focuses on the issues that dominate China and Japan''s current relationship: economic rivalry,
memories of World War II, resurgent nationalism, military tensions, Taiwan, the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands, and globalization. Dreyer argues that recent disputes should be seen as manifestations of embedded rivalries rather than as issues whose resolution would provide a lasting solution to
deep-standing disputes. For the paperback edition, she has added a new afterword that takes readers up to the present day.

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"An important book which vividly and uniquely places the prospect of China and Japan avoiding a military clash in the context of a contentious history in which Chinese rulers have long expected, and continue to expect Japan to welcome subordination to China. Dreyer''s revealing and even-handed
political history makes a compelling case for deep and dangerous historical continuities in cultural identities and worrisome realistic anxieties among ruling groups."-Edward Friedman, Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, University of Wisconsin


"A tour de force from one of the deans of China studies. Professor Dreyer recounts the saga of Sino-Japanese relations from its inception to the present day, illuminating the history underlying today''s controversies while providing a glimpse of what may lie ahead."-James R. Holmes, Professor of
Strategy, U.S. Naval War College


"June Teufel Dreyer''s book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the historical forces that shape the highly complex ties between China and Japan, which is potentially the most explosive bilateral relationship among the great powers in the 21st century."-Steve Tsang, Head of School
and Professor of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham


"June Teufel Dreyer after tracing the historical background presents a comprehensive picture of Sino-Japanese relations after World War II. By presenting a detailed picture of the quarrels between the two countries over recent decades, she makes clear the amount of work required for the two
countries to work together for a peaceful constructive relationship." -- Ezra Vogel, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus, Harvard University


"In her excellent account of centuries of diplomatic turmoil, Ms. Dreyer seamlessly shifts between the granular and the macro. Her use of contemporaneous newspaper editorials and other primary sources clearly and colorfully render the ideological factions within both countries that had differing
opinions about trade, military spending and the role of the U.S. in the region." - The Wall Street Journal


"While scholarly articles on particular aspects of this 2000-year-old relationship abound, full-volume treatments of the subject are frustratingly rare. It was thus with much anticipation that this reviewer opened June Teufel Dreyer''s latest book." - Pacific Affairs


"Dreyer''s authority on her subject is unmistakable, and the book provides an easily accessible overview of a geopolitical relationship too often overlooked." - Publisher''s Weekly


About the Author


June Teufel Dreyer is Professor of Political Science at the University of Miami. Formerly senior Far East specialist at the Library of Congress, she has also served as Asia policy advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations and as commissioner of the United States-China Economic and Security Review
Commission established by the U.S. Congress.

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AJ
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A good and interesting read that sheds good perspective on the ...
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2016
Almost since the beginning of time, the same issues exist today that existed 1100 bce. A good and interesting read that sheds good perspective on the issues plaguing Chinese/Japanese relations today.
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I''ve read several articles by Dreyer in regards to the ...
Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2016
I''ve read several articles by Dreyer in regards to the Sino-Japanese relationship and this book is an extension of her findings. Well written and outlines the history of the relationship up until 2014.
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Three Stars
Reviewed in the United States on October 2, 2016
Very tedious reading
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Sino-Japanese relationship past and present
Reviewed in the United States on December 1, 2016
With authors and press focusing on US relations with China and Japan it''s interesting to examine their interactions with each other, along with mutual public and political opinions in both populations. The book documents an extensive study of the current status and... See more
With authors and press focusing on US relations with China and Japan it''s interesting to examine their interactions with each other, along with mutual public and political opinions in both populations. The book documents an extensive study of the current status and historical relationship between China and Japan. It covers sociology, politics and economics. The history goes back to Ashikaga-Ming times followed by modern eras of hot and cold war. After ancient contempt for an inferior culture, there remains a significant residue of Chinese ill will from Japanese aggression during WWII.
Since the 1978 Treaty of Peace and Friendship there have been plenty of causes for friction. Tiananmen Square and Earthquakes, high sea quarrels, energy rivalry, student terrorism, issues of Taiwan and Tibet, defense budgets and economic downturns have interfered with relationships as well as shifting world political structures among the big powers, USA and Russia. Dreyer emphasizes very different public memories of WWII in China and Japan.
In Japan a quick changing succession of prime ministers have made luke warm apologies and have aggravated tension with China by visiting the Yasikune shrine memorial to Japanese soldiers. In 1996 China became the largest trading partner of Japan. Shortly thereafter China overtook Japan to become the second largest world economy. Trade relationship has fallen short as a factor for friendship with Japan needing China more than vice-versa and China exploiting the role. The same can be said for the USA.
Summarizing: despite a lot of lip service, JTD finds little hope that the two nations are working together to alleviate tensions. Japan is slowing shifting from the orbit of a US in decline to that of China on the rise.
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Not a good book - either in content or in writing
Reviewed in the United States on September 24, 2016
This book is a pro-Japan propaganda that masquerades as a scholarly or historically objective work. The author had definitely not acquired a real historian or scholar''s dispassionate eyes. Rather, she ventures herself as an undisguised tool, and she shows no restrain in... See more
This book is a pro-Japan propaganda that masquerades as a scholarly or historically objective work. The author had definitely not acquired a real historian or scholar''s dispassionate eyes. Rather, she ventures herself as an undisguised tool, and she shows no restrain in interpreting historical as well as contemporary events, as she colors them all with cheap sentiments. Further, her writing style is a big letdown: boring, lack of nuance, and full of grammatical errors. I was sincere in wanting to learn new things about the subject - but I ended up shaking my head.
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Misleading title
Reviewed in the United States on April 28, 2019
The history of Sino-Japanese relations is 1700 years long and this book covers only the last 150. The first 1550 years get all of 30 pages, the least well-researched of the book, which mostly rehash common knowledge and draw on dated scholarship. Yet, the book gets titled... See more
The history of Sino-Japanese relations is 1700 years long and this book covers only the last 150. The first 1550 years get all of 30 pages, the least well-researched of the book, which mostly rehash common knowledge and draw on dated scholarship. Yet, the book gets titled "Past and Present" and uses older names ("Middle Kingdom" and "Empire of the Rising Sun") for what we now call China and Japan. I can''t think of any reasons for doing so other than deliberately trying to mislead buyers into thinking the book is more comprehensive than it actually is.
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Robert
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A comprehensive book on the Sino-Japanese rivalry
Reviewed in the United States on May 14, 2020
A great book on the story of China-Japan relations. This book has a lot of information to take in, but it''s well worth the read for anyone wanting to better understand this East Asian rivalry.
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