Promote Sino-Japanese Friendship through Media Coverage

Zhao Qizheng • 1 •

From October 14th to 15th, 2018, the 14th Beijing-Tokyo Forum was held in Tokyo, Japan, co-sponsored by China Foreign Language Publishing Administration and NPO. The theme of this forum is “Deepening mutual trust and cooperation, sharing responsibility for peace and development in Asia and  the world — reflecting on the practical significance of the Sino-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship”. Xu Lin, Deputy Director of the Publicity Department   of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and Director of the Information Office of the State Council of China, and former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda attended the opening ceremony and delivered keynote speeches. Zhao Qizheng, Editor-in-Chief of the Public Diplomacy Quarterly, was invited to speak at the forum. This article presents the main content of his speech.

Strengthening Sino-Japan Public Diplomacy and Constructing a Northeast Asian Community

Han Fangming • 5 •

The year of 2018 is the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening up, and the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Sino-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship. Over the past 40 years, Sino-Japan public diplomacy and non- governmental exchanges have made considerable progress, laying a solid foundation for the political exchanges and economic cooperation between the two countries. China-Japan public diplomacy is of great importance. Thanks to the efforts of people of several generations, China-Japan public diplomacy has achieved fruitful results. As Sino-Japan relations have entered a new era, the two countries should together carry out public diplomacy targeted at third countries, work together to build a northeast Asian community of shared future, and strive to promote economic cooperation and trade exchanges in Northeast Asia.

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Public Diplomacy and Sino-Japanese Relations

Abe’s Visit to China and the Cognition of the Media in China and Japan

Liu Shuliang • 11 •

On the 40th anniversary of the Sino-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paid an official visit to China from October 25th to 27th, 2018. This is the first official visit to China made by an incumbent Japanese prime minister in seven years. The event is an important indication of China-Japan relations returning to normal and entering a new stage of development. Abe’s visit is of great significance and has attracted wide attention from all parties, especially major global media. The People’s Daily, Guangming Daily, Global Times and other mainstream newspapers in China and five national newspapers in Japan all reported the news in time and published relevant comments. By interpreting these comments, this paper will compare the different perceptions and attitudes of the media in the two countries.

Constructing Sino-Japan Relations in the New Era

Yun Xinlei & Chen Yasai • 17 •

China and Japan, sharing a narrow strip of water, have more than two thousand years of communications and exchanges and yet half a century of war in the modern time. This is just like multifaceted Odysseus, who has not only a peaceful and friendly side, but also a fierce confrontational side. Since World War II, especially since the end of the Cold War, China and Japan, highly interdependent on each other, have had an extremely sensitive and fragile relationship which is among the most complex bilateral relations in the world. Whether due to their respective overall historical memories and national pride or the anarchy of the international power politics, both China and Japan have been stronger than ever before. So the theory “One mountain cannot accommodate two tigers” continues to be fermenting in this case, which has aroused close attention of the international community. At present, facing the historical opportunities presented by China’s view of developing major country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics and Japan’s all-round peaceful diplomacy in the new era, it is imperative to devote ourselves to making use of the opportunities to reach historical reconciliation in Sino-Japan ties and build a stable and long-term Sino-Japanese relationship.

On Japan’s Space Diplomacy Since 2008

Li Mei • 23 •

Japan’s Diet enacted the Basic Law of the Universe in 2008. This has transformed the essence of Japan’s space policy from the previous peaceful utilization of the space to strategic utilization, elevating the policy of “the strong and efficient development of space” to a national strategy. Space diplomacy has also become an important part of Japan’s national strategy. In this paper, Japan’s space diplomacy since 2008 is reviewed with a division of three stages according to the three Basic Plans of the Universe formulated by the Japanese government. Space undertakings have the dual nature of maintaining people’s livelihood and national security. Japan’s space cooperation with developed countries lays stress on security, mainly on guarding against China. And the space cooperation with developing countries, however, gives emphasis to people's livelihood, mainly for expanding influence.

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