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China and Japan: Consigning History to History
January 27, 2016 - 15:00-16:30
China and Japan are key players in the East Asian security environment. During the past decade especially, bilateral relations have been undermined by tensions related to territorial disputes and unresolved historical issues that continue to thwart the normalization of relations. However, recently there have been signs that both Beijing and Tokyo realize the need to overcome their differences. The second and third largest economies in the world simply cannot afford a real conflict, specifically not a military one. But are the ambitions of the two governments pointing in the right direction? Seventy years after the end of World War Two, is it still too early to say that the post-war period is over? What needs to be done to consign history to history?