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Chinese are pragmatic while Japanese are tenacious. The Chinese have to recognize these. If a situation calls for a fight, the Chinese are likely to do their best to avoid it as they see it as a lose-lose situation with a clear winner in US only. The Japanese in contrast are likely not to hesitate because of their tenacity, their believe that they are more resolute in wanting to win, more capable than the Chinese and that they can convince the US to allow them to keep their winnings. Its not difficult as Japanese don't have to overwhelm the Chinese this time, only an internationally opinionated win that demoralizes China suffices and this will not to draw in a worried Russia. Japanese's superiority complex and angst over the Chinese do not help either as these prevent compassion from having any part in Japanese hearts. Chinese on the other hand had hardly got over their anger because Japanese brutalism was not admonished universally and in a culture and a world where one is taught that the good must be rewarded while the bad must be punished this just doesn't fit the picture.
The jigsaws just can't fit for the Chinese and the Japanese.
Japan is unlikely to want to change the position since any change is perceived as a loss to Japan even though the truth is that Japan ought to bear the losses. So to alter this position for the good of both sides it is really up to the Chinese.
The Chinese needs to let go its anger. Killing the entire Japanese population won't erase the fact that the Chinese were severely brutalized by the Japanese. China needs to walk through this path with clear magnanimity. Of course the US will try to cover China's magnanimity up but there is nothing to stop China from triumphing over the US on this. First the mainland Chinese and the Taiwanese need to reunify to form a solid team to pursue this path and conjure up a strategy to get universal recognition of China's humanity will in proper perspective. After that it is China Mainland that should garner moderate Japanese's support. Influencing Japanese in Mainland China is important. A clear consistent sensible Mainland China government should overcome a dogged Japanese one - by getting people to put "conscience loyalty in doing the right thing" above "blinded loyalty in defending the wrong thing". Allow moderate Japanese to coerce and convert the Japanese sharks (Japanese love fishes).
China then needs to consider Russia's, Korea's and US' position. Each have a different serious concern of a Japan warming up to China. In a China-Japan embrace, China needs to ensure Russia why Russia will not lose its Far East Territories especially the few islands it has acquired from Japan shortly after WWII which the US recognize. US recognition is vital. If the world agrees that those are Russian territories then any attempt by Japan to snatch those territories will call for Korea and China to deter Japan from doing so. On the other hand China needs to convince Japan why Japan shouldn't drag China into the territorial dispute between Russia and Japan or fault China for not helping Japan and this will fall back on whether the world recognizes those territories as Russia's or Japan's. Its not China's decision to make in truth bearing in mind that China did not start a war in Far East Asia.
On Korea, China needs to ensure Korea's unification, independence and continued sustainability.
With US, its about US control over West Pacific and East Asia economy. The only solution to a nod from US is that first Japan becomes a republic like all the North Pacific nations. Very important for all North Pacific nations is that Japan demonstrates that it is turning a new for real harmony admonishing all the bad past. With an open economy between Russia, Korea, China, Japan, Canada and America. The Americans will not lose as today it stands to gain with its present unrivalled leadership in currency, economy, creativity and technology. Of course if the Americans wait longer, it will lose all its advantage eventually. The Chinese, Russians and Japanese are stupid people.
Then there are the tangibles to resolve - territorial border. Since its northern territories are now Russia's Japanese definitely cannot swallow the fact that the Diaoyu islands have to be handed back to the Chinese. China's military might needs to be far more superior than Japan's and Japan needs to feel and be able to recognize that but not in an intimidated manner. China's education and society needs to be concurrently more advanced and superior than Japan's too. Earn their respect first. The only path to solve this is via the legal path and making the Japanese feel that they are part of China too, and the reverse can be made for the Chinese on Japan. How to groom Japanese politicians who will agree with this theme is a challenge. Resolving the border issue will take much longer than removing the resentment between the Japanese and the Chinese people.
Clip the eagle's wings but make sure it need not worry over its meals and well being, keep the bear cozy in its lair feeling safe with a full tummy and allow the shark to swim happily anywhere it wants knowing that it doesn't have to hurt others to survive.
At the end of the day it is about drawing up a peaceful Pacific Republic.