Both China and Japan emerged from their self-imposed isolationism to become major political and economic forces by the late twentieth century and into the twenty-first. However, these two Asian powers gained their position on the world's stage in different ways and responded to international threats and trends far differently throughout the past century. In particular, Japan's embracing the Western imperialist model and China's resistance to it shaped their respective futures during the first half of the twentieth century. Imperialism in fact brought immense military and political conflicts between China and Japan, culminating in the latter's invasion of China immediately before World War Two. Japan made up for its relatively tiny geography through a beefed up military, industrial development, and political and economic ambitions...
China, though industrially underdeveloped, responded to the Japanese invasion through a systematic defense. Their subsequent roles in the Second World War led to disaster for both nations, but in the end both China and Japan have emerged as major world powers.
Japan adapted to Western imperialism by playing the same game. During the Meiji Restoration, Japan instated many of its initially Western-friendly practices, and grew on par with its European and North American counterparts in terms of political, industrial, and military prowess. China, on the other hand, resisted Western imperialism and corresponding processes of "modernization" vehemently. However, China's stubborn stance in the midst of international upheaval led to intense internal turmoil, civil war, and events like the Boxer Rebellion. Dual forces of isolationism and expansionism raged within Chinese borders, whereas Japan remained relatively united in the common cause to compete with Western European and North American superpowers. Neither tactic proved truly successful. By the middle of the twentieth century, China had become economically…
While at the same time, it will make imports in Hong Kong / China cheaper in relation to goods that are manufactured in both locations. Over the course of time, this will cause the trade surplus that Hong Kong / China enjoys decreasing as both markets begin to buy the cheaper foreign imports. ("The Impact of China's Revaluation of the Yuan," 2005) Yet, both Hong Kong and China are facing
Japan & Korea -- Post War Japan, Korea, and the United States: Comparisons & Contrasts What will the be the role of the U.S. going into the future vis-a-vis Japan and Korea? Now that Kim Jong-il has died and his son is taking over in the highly secretive, communist North Korea, it adds a powerful degree of uncertainty as to what the relationship will be between South Korea, Japan, and North Korea.
The Japanese economy stagnated since 1990: when real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew at an average of just 1.2%. Since 1995, growth was extremely slow averaging less than 0.7% on year-to-year basis." ("Banking Crisis... "5) During the last quarter of 2003, however, the GDP increased 7% (Annexure 2), the most since 1990, demonstrating growth rate of 2.7%, for the entire year. Some economists argued, however, this 2003 growth did not reflect a
(China, Sudan and the Darfur Conflict Fact Sheet). The types of arms that have been purchased by the Sudan from China since the 1990s include tanks, helicopters, and fighter aircraft as well as antipersonnel and antitank mines. There are many reports of the use of Chinese weapons in the ongoing struggle in the Sudan. A according to a Sudanese government official. The SPLA in 1997 overran government garrison towns in
For example, there are several suspicions regarding the foreign companies audited by Chinese authorized auditors, given their reduced number and lack of experience. Another example regards China Life Insurance, which was listed on the Hong Kong and New York stock exchanges, raising approximately $3.4 billion. The company's future evolution was not as successful, since the following year a routine audit on the company revealed that it had uncovered $652
China-U.S. bilateral relationship The past one decade of the 20th century has witnessed dramatic fluctuations in the China-U.S. relations. For instance, the Taiwan Strait led to several summit meetings to take place in Washington and Beijing to decide the fate of the countries. Additionally, the decade ended with the relationship facing serious challenges including a U.S. congressional investigation on the contribution of the Chinese government to the U.S. campaigns (Huang 2000).