Alternative Scenarios: History will Continue to Haunt Japan’s Relations with China - Scenario of China’s Fault

Alternative Scenarios: History will Continue to Haunt Japan’s Relations with China - Scenario of China’s Fault

Author/s (editor/s):

Amy King

Publication year:

2015

Publication type:

Journal article

In March 2015, Premier Li Keqiang gave a press conference following the conclusion of the annual National People’s Congress, in which he explained that China’s relationship with Japan had reached an important crossroads. In a year in which the two countries were about to commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the end of WWII, Li presented what appeared to be an ultimatum to the Abe government: If it could take the 'correct' view of history and acknowledge squarely Japanese atrocities during WWII, this would improve the bilateral relationship and create opportunities for increased trade. Left unsaid was the impact of failing to take the 'correct' view.

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