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Title: Japanese emperor's visit to China sends important signals to the United States 
Author: Morrison, Charles Edward; Oksenberg, Michel
Date: 1992
Publisher: Honolulu: East-West Center
Abstract: The October 23-28 visit of Japanese Emperor Akihito to China symbolizes the strengthening of relations between East Asia's two giants and carries important implications for the United States. For China, the visit caps a year of remarkably successful diplomacy. For Japan, the trip provides an opportunity to help lay to rest the unhappy legacy of Japan's 1931-1945 aggression in China. The visit also helps Tokyo build better relations with China during a period of uncertainty about the future of the U.S. presence in the region. Equally important, the visit underlines the rapidly expanding Sino-Japanese economic relationship. Sino-Japanese ties are improving at a time when U.S. relations with China have deteriorated and U.S. relations with Japan are plagued by economic frictions. Problems with the United States give both Asian countries added impetus for improving their relations with each other and suggest a diminishing U.S. capacity to control the shifting political environment in Asia.
Series/Report No.: AsiaPacific issues ; [no. 1]
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Pages/Duration: 7 pages
ISSN: 1522-0960
LC Subject Headings: Japan - Relations - China
China - Relations - Japan
United States - Relations - East Asia
East Asia - Relations - United States

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    Papers in the AsiaPacific Issues series address topics of broad interest and significant impact relevant to current and emerging policy debates. These eight-page, peer-reviewed papers are accessible to readers outside the author's discipline.


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