Professor Todd Hall writes about the relevance of Israeli-German reconciliation for Sino-Japanese relations

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In the February 2015 issue of Border Crossing, Todd Hall draws upon the history of German-Israeli reconciliation to argue that the lessons of German experience for Sino-Japanese relations are not what popular commentators often assume.

Todd writes, "The history of German-Israeli relations suggests that political reconciliation requires incentives, it takes two (including willingness by the recipient to overlook various domestic “warts”), and it needs to result in stable, mutually beneficial roles that incorporate the past. What is more, political reconciliation set the stage for deeper societal reconciliation, not the reverse. Transposed onto Sino-Japanese relations, the implications of these lessons are not encouraging.”

The full article can be read here: http://issuu.com/diploflying/docs/bordercrossingapril2015honesty_dipl/20

Prof. Todd H. Hall is Associate Professor of International Relations, Tutorial Fellow in Politics for St Anne's College