Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Social, Behavioral & Global Studies


Global Studies

First Advisor

Richard Harris

Second Advisor

Ajit Abraham


This project is looking to provide a comprehensive study of how history has influenced and structured modern Sino-Japanese relations.China and Japan are two of the East Asian powerhouses with economies that account for a majority of the region’s economic activity. They are two of the most influential countries within the East Asian region and arguably the world, but Sino-Japanese relations have a history of tension and conflict that spans back centuries. It is my intention with this research project to develop a multi-perspective analysis of the structure of Sino-Japanese relations with a basis in constructivist theory. This research can assist in providing a fraction of a framework by which to assess diplomatic ties between nations that have a history of rivalries. I discovered that ties between Japan and China have been historically structured and examples of this structuring are shown within contemporary issues such as the Yasukuni Shrine Dispute, Senkaku/Diaoyu Island Dispute, and other issues.

Included in

Asian Studies Commons