Questions on Asian History
6 pages (1500 words)
The first point of contention between the two countries began in the late nineteenth century, when Japan captured the Ryukyu Islands in 1870. In 1894 Taiwan was annexed, after the first Sino-Japanese war. The history of Japanese-Chinese relations in this period is marked by conflicts, mostly related to territorial disputes and military supremacy, which can e traced in the Battle of Tientsin, the Gasalee Expedition, as well as the battles of Beitang and Beicang (Hunter, Murphy).