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Was there a “Tacit Agreement” between China and Japan in 1972?

Official records and diplomatic implications in Sino-Japanese relations

For diplomatic historians, official documents constitute the staple of their trade where multi-linguistic and multi-archival research has become the gold standard. Historians studying the 1972 China-Japan normalization have made considerable progress thanks to the declassification of the official Japanese records of the diplomatic negotiations as a result of its Act on Access to Information Held by Administrative Organs, the Japanese equivalent to a Freedom of Information Act.

Building Trust and Friendship in Sino-Japanese Relations?

The language of Sino-Japanese friendship was not empty talk during 1972 normalization negotiations

The documents relating to the negotiations in the run up to the signing of the 1972 Joint Statement between China and Japan—and their translation and publication in English—offer fascinating insights into the complex process by which formal reconciliation between the two sides was achieved some 27 years after the ending of hostilities.

The Bitter Legacies of the 1972 Sino-Japanese Normalization Talks

How the 1972 normalization talks still bedevil Sino-Japanese relations today

Sino-Japanese relations have been on a roller coaster ride for at least three decades.

Choreographing a Delicate Dance

The road to the 1972 Sino-Japanese normalization

Japan’s desire to normalize relations with the People’s Republic of China long antedated the 1972 initiative.

New Discoveries and Implications from the Records of the Historic Sino-Japanese Meetings in 1972

How Japan's leaders underestimated the moral and emotional elements of Sino-Japanese relations

The newly published records of the historic meetings between Japanese and Chinese leaders unveil the very last phase in the process of the normalization of Sino-Japanese diplomatic relations in 1972.

Debating the Sino-Japanese Normalization, 1972

Japanese sources inspire discussion on contested legacies of the China-Japan rapprochement

The Sino-Japanese normalization of 1972 was a watershed moment for East Asia. The resumption of diplomatic relations between China and Japan papered over the legacies of World War II (at least temporarily); helped bring China out of its self-imposed diplomatic isolation; and contributed to a changing political and strategic dynamic in Asia jump-started months earlier by the US-China rapprochement.

The 2016 Asia-Pacific Nuclear History Institute

Asia-Pacific Nuclear History Institute

The Wilson Center's Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP), in partnership with Kyungnam University's Institute for Far Eastern Affairs (IFES), is pleased to announce the convening of the first Asia-Pacific Nuclear History Institute. The Institute is being organized in Paju, South Korea, from November 5-12, 2016.

Partners in a Changing Asia: The Outlook for U.S.-Japan Relations

The eyes of the world continue to focus on Washington as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office, and Japan is no exception. How the new administration will steer broader U.S. foreign policy and engage in Asia remains to be seen. There is no doubt, though, that Washington’s diplomatic, economic, and military relations with Tokyo will impact not just the United States and Japan, but the Asia-Pacific region at large.