Era of ‘cold peace’ dawns on Japan-China relations

Two nations face challenge of uneasy coexistence amid rising tensions

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The era of « cold peace » dawns upon the two nations as they try to maintain good relations. (Source photos by AP)

TOKYO — Japan and China will mark the 50th anniversary since the normalization of diplomatic ties on Sept. 29. The five decades in between have seen a dynamic relationship that has been guided by their changing and often divergent world views and strategies.

The two are now entering an era of « cold peace. » It will not be the chilly confrontation similar to that of the U.S. and former Soviet Union during the Cold War. And of course, it will not be a period of armed conflict like the years from the late 1930s until 1945. It will instead be a time when Japan and China try to coexist peacefully as they deal with simmering tensions and potential confrontation.

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