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China's relations with Japan

China's relations with Japan - 1 Stephanie Pridgen 13 April...

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1 Stephanie Pridgen 13 April 2007 Country Report: China Chinese Relations with Japan Improving China and Japan have long had a complicated relationship. After Japan’s invasion and war crimes during both the Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II, they surrendered, but China still held a grudge for Japan’s aggression and attempt to destroy the Chinese central government. Relations have also continued to clash over recent years due to development of natural resources and leadership in East Asia. In 2005, China challenged Japan’s bid for permanent membership of the security council, but the odds were against them. Japan pays 19 percent of the UN’s budget, only slightly under the United States. Since China pays only 2 percent, they did not have a much of a case in this matter. Shortly after Japan announced its official bid, anti-Japanese demonstrations began in China and Japanese missions and businesses were destroyed (Traub). Japanese expressed shock since they were under the impression that China tolerated, even supported them. Recently, however, efforts have been made in an attempt to mend the estranged relations between these two East Asian countries (Traub). China has a deep resentment leading back to Japan’s notorious invasion of Nanjing in 1937, which was only amplified by former Prime Minister Junichiro Koisumi’s visits to the Yasukuni Shrine. The shrine serves as a memorial to Japanese lives lost during wartime and also honors their war criminals. It is often ridiculed for
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