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

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But power transition theory would also expect that if the power potential of the challenger is either too small or ‘so large that its dominance, once it becomes industrialized, is virtually guaranteed’ then things are likely to be more stable (Organski 1958: 334–7). Intriguingly, China’s rise is both rapid and seemingly endless, making predictions of its impact on regional stability more difficult. But even putting aside the speed and scale of the transition, it is clear that China satisfies (or certainly claims to satisfy in its rhetoric) most of these conditions identified by Zhu.

One of the key drivers of Chinese popular nationalism is the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) itself. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, and increasing domestic criticism of Mao Zedong thought, the ideological underpinning of loyalty to the CCP among the masses was critically weakened. The popular fears and anger about the direction in which the CCP was taking the country came to a head in Tiananmen Square in 1989. The protesters were challenging the legitimacy of, and questioning the loyalty of the people to the People’s party.

For this reason, interdependence is seen as facilitating cooperative bilateral relations. However, ever since England and Germany, despite the heavily liberalized trade between them, bled each other white in the First World War, the significance of interdependence has been questioned. Indeed, one recent statistical analysis has shown that dyadic trade interdependence is an insignificant variable in predicting a war (Keshk 2004). Interdependence theory identifies the growing cost of defaulting to autarky from an international trade regime, locking states into a complex interdependence which limits their ability to pursue selfish interests.

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