Hall: Short Paper on China and Japan

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After reviewing Hofstede’s measures, it helped me understand more that just because two countries may have similar cultural similarities, their relationships with each other may not be on the best terms. The primary issues that separate China and Japan go way back in history. I know Japan has always felt that they are superior to China. According to ibiblio.org, “the series of wars and conflicts between China and Japan are known as the Sino-Japanese Wars. These wars weakened China, while helping Japan gain more power; that is, until the final war, in which China finally gained allies, most notably the United States and Great Britain. The Second Sino-Japanese War is also considered a part of World War Two. (ibiblio.org, 2012) This began a long and drawn out conflict between these two Asian nations, causing a lot of distrust and animosity. I believe a big part of the tension between these two nations come from the Japanese Occupation of China, but also as a result of the recent dispute over the Diaoyu-Senkaku Islands. According to the New York Times, “in recent years, China has become embroiled in a series of disputes over rights to islands and seabeds in the South China and East China seas. The areas are rich in oil, gas, fishing and mineral resources. But the conflicts are also driven by hard feelings over the past, particularly Japan’s decades of imperial conquest, and by fears over the future, as the region adjusts to China’s rise to superpower status. (N.Y. Times, 2012) The N.Y Times article goes on the state that, “In the summer and fall of 2012, tensions ran highest between China and Japan over a group of uninhabited islands in the East Asian Sea that both countries claim. The islands are known as the Diaoyu in China and the Senkaku in Japan. (N.Y. Times, 2012) According to World Politics Review, “Japan’s complex relationship with China, burdened by history and intermittent geopolitical disputes, has been further complicated by the fact that China’s...
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