This IIAS article argues that it might not be:


Liberal Chinese intellectuals are deeply pessimistic about the future. Professor Shi Yinhong, a prominent advocate of ‘new Chinese thinking’ about Japan, feels that moderates have lost and hardliners are in control on both sides of the East China Sea. ‘China is far from ready to accept Japan as a normal country and Japan is far from ready to accept China as an emerging superpower. The possibility of war becomes imaginable again. Only a major crisis can make both governments realize the necessity of accommodation.