Date of Award

Fall 12-1991

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science & Geography


Graduate Program in International studies

Committee Director

Gail E. Mullin

Committee Member

Usman A. Qureshi

Committee Member

John Zhao

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.I45Y36


This thesis discusses the role the Japanese aid has played in accommodating the structural change of Sino-Japanese economic relations and in dealing with the economic and political crisis that has jeopardized their bilateral relations and Japan's own national interest. Japan's early resumption of economic aid to China after Tiananmen reflects how aid philosophy differs from that of most of the other Western aid donors. The conclusions are that Japan's large loan to China has played a vital role in maintaining and strengthening Sino-Japanese economic relations, that the aid has made the interdependent relations between the two countries an asymmetric one, and that Japan can use aid to deal with an uncertain China. Japan's decision to resume aid to China after Tiananmen also reveals Japan-'s search for a more independent foreign policy and its intention to strengthen its strategic security and economic interests in Asia and in the world.


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