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Reconciliation through Dialogue: Preventing Dangerous Conflict between China and Japan

The China-Japan relationship has unfortunately become one of the most dangerous relationships in today's world. Even an accidental conflict can easily escalate into an armed confrontation, jeopardize security and development in the whole East Asia region, and involve the US as Japan's alliance partner. It is crucial to find a way for the two Asian giants to exit this historically established deadlock, prevent conflict escalation, and manage sustainable coexistence. This project has the following objectives: (1) to establish alternative channels of communication;(2) to establish a new voice and way of thinking regarding the bilateral relationship, and to promote long-term transformation of mutual perceptions and attitudes;and (3) to have participants communicate ideas gained from the project with leadership and grassroots, and to promote possible direct communications between the leaderships of the two countries.

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