LRP #13 – Haters Gonna Hate: Nationalism on Demand in China and Japan

Under Xi Jinping, history in China is a moving feast. This year, China’s Ministry of Education increased the length of the Second World War by six years, to ‘place a greater emphasis on China’s ‘red revolution’. And from September, China is rolling out new school textbooks which claim disputed islands in the East China Sea as their own. To drill down into the bitter history between the two countries, Louisa and Graeme are joined by Richard McGregor, who is releasing a new book called Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century, and a scholar of Chinese nationalism, the University of Melbourne’s Sow-Keat Tok. In this episode, we unpick the toxic relations between China and Japan, and ask what role the United States have played in fueling tensions. Could the world’s three largest economies be sleepwalking towards war in the East China Sea?

Graeme Smith and Louisa Lim
Graeme Smith and Louisa Lim
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Graeme Smith is a China studies academic at large. Louisa Lim is a former China correspondent for the BBC and NPR, now with the Centre for Advancing Journalism at Melbourne University. Follow them @limlouisa and @GraemeKSmith.