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Eastern Asia in the 20th century: China and Japan

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  1. A family that is closely linked with the US authorities
    1. A strong commitment to the American political and economic life
    2. The incarnation of the "model family" in the American myth of the Kennedys
  2. A controversial ?clan?
    1. The hidden faces of the Kennedy clan
    2. The end of a myth?

The relationship with the West has always been a major problem for China and Japan. Indeed, since 1850, the arrival of the "White Devils" forced China and Japan, who were previously self-sufficient to open up. In the case of China, the "white devils" were the English, and to a lesser extent the French, while in the case of Japan, they referred to the Americans. China and Japan adopted a contrary attitude, even if the submission was done primarily by strength in both cases: in China, the modernist movements were secondary and China persisted in its attitude of rejection. In Japan, it was established in 1868 in the Meiji era, whose slogan was "Wakone Yosai" in the Japanese spirit. Thus, China and Japan, which represent two different models, will be required to compete with each other. We will look at the first assertion of Japan as a modern power (until about 1945) at the expense of China. Then, we will see that how the Cold War had resulted in a considerable distance model between the Japanese and Chinese. Finally, we pose the question of complementarity, or budding rivalry of these two countries since the 1970s.

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