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The China-Japan Relationship

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The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, recently concluded a three-day visit to China. According to the Los Angeles Times, such a visit “would have been out of the question a few years ago.” Clearly, the relationship between China and Japan is undergoing a thaw.

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  • Writing: Why was a summit between Japan and China hard to imagine just a few years ago?
  • Debate: A rising alliance between Japan and China is important for political stability in Asia.
  • Poll: Do you believe the Trump administration is largely responsible for forcing Japan and China to seek a friendlier relationship?
  • Short Answer: Why have relationships between Japan and China been strained since World War II?

Current events quiz:

1) Why are China and Japan trying to rebuild their relationship?

a. To boost economic ties
b. To promote regional stability
c. To help each other in their efforts with North Korea
d. All of these

2) Xi Jinping is the ______ of China and Shinzo Abe is the ______ of Japan.

a. Prime Minister, President
b. Prime Minister, Prime Minister
c. President, President
d. President, Prime Minister

3) For the Abe Administration, the most important issue is to ______?

a. boost Japan’s economy
b. solve issues with North Korea
c. promote free trade
d. promote globalization

4) Historically, China and Japan have been allies and they often help each other in times of need. (T/F)

5) Mr. Abe’s current trip to China is the first visit by a Japanese head of government in more than 20 years. (T/F)

6) Another agreement made by the two countries is a U.S. #30 billion currency swap pact. (T/F)


1) D

2) D

3) A

4) F

5) F

6) T

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