Japan, China and Networked Regionalism in East Asia by J. Rathus

By J. Rathus

Viewing the increase of China from Japan's point of view, the writer elucidates jap coverage responses and their implications for neighborhood establishment development. It fills a spot in wisdom concerning the improvement of East Asian local associations and Sino-Japanese relationships.

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Finally, this chapter will discuss how Japanese foreign policy-making process itself has changed over time. This chapter develops an argument that China’s rise has impacted on Japan in a way that reduces Japan’s interest in cooperation with China on regionalism and regional institutionalization. From each of the theoretical perspectives developed in the previous chapter, it seems likely that Japan and China would be rivals to some extent rather than strategic partners, regardless of how they try to portray themselves in public.

The rise of China: impacts on Japan It is apparent then that China has increased its absolute power in both military and economic terms, and that it is seeking a greater role commensurate with its power. This has led some to believe that China is a revisionist power seeking to deliberately restructure the world, or at least region, in its favour. Francis Fukuyama (2005), writing in the Wall Street Journal, declared that ‘the Chinese know what they are doing ... they want to organise East Asia in a way which puts them in the centre’.

In the earlier period, the chief conduit for information about defence spending had been internal sources. Recently, however, information is beginning to be available through official Defence White Papers and budget information. And yet, as David Shambaugh (2005) notes, not even the PLA itself is aware of total military spending. Certainly, many believe that not even the Chinese government knows for sure the actual amounts, because: ... budgeted functions are hidden under construction, administrative expenses and under state organizations such as the Commission On Science Technology and Industry for National Defence (COSTIND) ...

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