Chinese perception of Japan as a hostile country prevails.

It could appear as a renewal of a historic rivalry. Japan took once more the initiative to show firmness in the Diaoyu Islands dispute and the changing of the regime in both countries did not seem to have changed anything. “Shinzo Abe has greatly amplified the uncertainty of Sino-Japanese ties. The damage brought by him to the bilateral ties might be even worse than Koizumi Junichiro.”