3. Japan Will Be Cut Out Of International Society
“No country feels China’s rise more deeply than Japan,” according to Sheila A. Smith of the Council on Foreign Relations. China’s pathway to power means more to Japan than any other country. When China rises to the top, Japan is either going to have to submit to their will or get cut out.
China still hasn’t forgiven Japan for the atrocities they committed during World War II, partly because Japan has never fully apologized for them. Japanese atrocities still play a major role in Chinese propaganda, with the state making sure that their citizens never forget that the Japanese are their enemies.
So far, Japan hasn’t shown any signs of backing down in their many disputes with China. But if they don’t give China what they want, they’re going to have a hard time when China takes over. China has already tried to get Japan’s role in the UN weakened, with their state-controlled news agency, Xinhua, once writing that the country will need to change “its attitude towards history [ . . . ] if Japan wants to play a bigger role in the UN.”
Once China is in power, they won’t have to make threats. They’ll just be able to cut Japan out altogether.