Since the Meiji Restoration, Japan has changed its aggression guidelines that aim at China. My thesis primarily focuses on what its Sino-Policy consists of. Based on that, I intend to reveal the policy’s deep-seated essence and background.
The thesis is composed of preface, text, conclusion and appendix. There are totally three parts in the section of text.
Part one retraces how the “Continent Policy” comes into being, including the development of modernization and the establishment of expansionism in Japan since the Meiji Restoration。In view of the warfare diplomacy from the late nineteenth century to the early twentieth century, we can make out that Japan gradually takes measures in order to occupy China and drive out other forces in the end. At the same time, it can be inferred that Japan’s diplomacy has been symbolized with force aggression before World WarⅠ.
Part two introduces the specific policies of the Haratakasi Government that is dead against China since World War I. Considering the state of affairs home and abroad, Haratakasi remodels the diplomacy by a mild way. During this period, Japan’s policies aiming at China mostly solidify its benefits in China by economic assistance, which is called Yen Diplomacy. With regard to the issues about China that is proposed by the United States at Washington Conference, Japan intends to shape its policy by so-called Japan-US Coordination guidelines.
Part three reveals the reasons why the coordination route has been adopted. The idea of applying coordination to diplomacy roots in the increased political influence and economic impact of the US. After World WarⅠ, the economic power of the United States has been experiencing some thorough transformation, which is followed by the sharp rise of its political status. Thus, what the United States has carried out in the Far East compels Japan to change its hard line. In addition, the democratic forces in Japan have been arising since World WarⅠ, which has also reduced the government to prefer the coordination route concerning the diplomacy.