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Ezra F. Vogel: Can China and Japan return to the '80s?

From the time of Deng Xiaoping's remarkably successful visit to Japan in October 1978 until his withdrawal from the political stage in 1992, Japan and China made strides toward reconciliation. Japanese visitors to China expressed remorse for the painful history of Japanese invasion, and the Chinese accepted their apologies. The Japanese government provided more aid to China than any other country. Japanese companies, meanwhile, passed on technology and management know-how, helping the Chinese modernize factories for producing steel, electronics, motorbikes and cars.

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