In this section I will be detailing and comparing the relationships between China-Japan, China-Australia, and China-Venezuela. I am first going to start with the relationship between China and Japan. I will begin with the time frame between the years of 1949-1969. During this time, China sees Japan as a threat, which is not surprising because of Japan’s assault against China in the 1890s to 1920s, Japans brutal occupation of China in the 1930s and 1940s and Japan’s role in America’s containment strategy against China.
China counters Japan by forming a military alliance with the Soviet Union in 1950. This alliance was indirectly directed at the United States but primarily directed against ...view middle of the document...
Japan felt that if Nixon can go to China, then so could Japan. So Japanese prime minister, Tahaka Kakuei went to China and began normalizing relations (meaning that they are gong to start working with each other on a more regular basis. As a result of this, China and Japan agreed to various economic deals and cooperation agreements.
In 1972, China and Japan made an effort to build on normalization and write a joint statement that would lead to diplomatic relations. Some of the terms of this statement were the Japanese termination of the peace treaty with Taiwan and recognition of the people’s republic of China as the sole government of China. These political relations begin to benefit other areas as well. Economically speaking, the institutionalization of trade came about. They signed an agreement giving each other the term “most favored nation status.” In 1978, China and Japan were working on a peace treaty, but because Japanese conservatives did not like that this was happening, they started bringing up past issues with the islands and its boundary issues, causing a ruckus. China calmed the dispute and shelved it for later generations to handle. On August 12, 1978, the peace treaty is signed, despite other issues that were going on. Through the 1990s and into the 2000s the same issues kept recurring and it seems as if history just keeps repeating itself. But economic ties have grown and the two countries move forward positively.
Now let’s move on to the relationship between China and Australia. This relationship is not particularly important on a global scheme but it has surely grown over the years. China and Australia have had relations for a very long time. In the 1960s, Australia was a major supplier of wheat/grains to China. But China was never a big investor or trading partner until the 2000s and between the years of 2000 and 2010, Australia had very little investment from China.
China was a relatively trivial investor compared to the United States and Great Britain. But after 2005, there was a major change. This change had two big drivers: one being China’s search for natural resources to feed its manufacturing and growing economy, and the other was because the middle east and other places were in turmoil because of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the U.S. war in Afghanistan, so China wanted to diversify itself from other countries and a logical country to go to for resources was Australia. Between 2005 and 2010 Chinese companies invested a total of $34 billion in Australia projects. In 2008, China became Australia’s second most important investor. The countries also share economic dependencies because they share interaction of energy and environmental dialogues; they talk about green house gases, etc. This gives Australia a prominence in the Asian-Pacific region that it otherwise would not have had. They also had interactions regarding free trade agreements and economic regionalism.
Australia has typically been very friendly...