Thailand as Another Stage of Modern Sino-Japanese Relations

Conference: The Asian Conference on Asian Studies (ACAS2022)
Title: Thailand as Another Stage of Modern Sino-Japanese Relations
Stream: Japanese Studies
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Norihito Mizuno, Akita International University, Japan


This presentation will discuss one aspect of Sino-Japanese relations during the first three decades of the 20th century, a period of less than a century from the late 19th century to the end of World War II, which is considered the modern era of Sino-Japanese relations that has lasted about 2000 years until today. He calls the period from the end of the 19th century to the end of that century "the era of unhappiness" and attributes that misfortune to Japan's imperialist or militarist oppression and exploitation of China. Indeed, many events between China and Japan in the modern era can be placed in the context of "aggression and its victims". However, not all can be reduced to this dichotomous composition. Wen Jiabao acknowledges this point by mentioning such examples as cultural and academic exchanges and Japanese assistance to the Chinese revolutionary movement. Similarly, not all events in modern Sino-Japanese relations occurred within the traditional geographical conception of East Asia, including Japan and the Chinese mainland, including Manchuria. In other words, "modern Sino-Japanese relations" existed beyond East Asia. This study will focus on Thailand as another theater of modern Sino-Japanese relations and discuss events between China and Japan in the Southeast Asian country from the beginning of the 20th century to the end of the 1930s and their characteristics.

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