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Japan's Economic Diplomacy with China, 1945 1978. By Yoshihide Soeya. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998. Pp. xi, 187. $60.00.

  • Law
  • Political Science


Yoshihide Soeya s book, which emerged from his University of Michigan dissertation, covers the period from the end of World War II until China s opening outward with the ascendancy of Deng Xiaoping in 1978. This was a period when inordinately complex legal and political arrangements, concocted by particularly astute Japanese politicians, enabled Japan to conduct trade with both Taiwan and the People s Republic of China (PRC). It was also a period, for the most part, in which China and Japan did not have diplomatic ties. Although sometimes a bit tedious in describing the intricacies of all this, Soeya has done quite a creditable job of explicating the often tortuous bilateral ties between the two countries over three decades.

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