China Tops U.S. as Japan Trade Partner

Though old differences remain, Japan is keen to continue its expansion by exporting to booming China, while Beijing wants more Japanese know-how

This decade hasn't been an especially cordial one for Asia's dominant powers. Japan has feared China's economic and military ascendance and clung more closely to the U.S. on national security matters, much to the irritation of Beijing. Chinese leaders have routinely stoked raw national anger directed at Japan over its perceived insensitivity, or outright historical amnesia, about its wartime behavior going back to the 1930s. Some of the Sino-Japanese diplomatic clashes over disputed natural gas assets in the East China Sea have been nasty.

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