Updated on 2022/09/28


Faculty of International Research and Education, School of International Liberal Studies
Job title
Associate Professor

Mong CHEUNG is associate professor of School of International Liberal Studies (SILS) at Waseda University, Japan. He received his PhD degree in international relations from Waseda University and M.Phil degree in political science from the Chinese University of Hong Kong(CUHK). His research interests include contemporary Sino-Japanese relations, Japan’s foreign and security policy, foreign-domestic linkage in Chinese and Japanese foreign policy, and comparative strategic culture. His major publication include: Political Survival and Yasukuni in Japan`s Relations with China, (London: Routledge, 2017) . He has published widely in peer-reviewed international journals such as The Pacific Review, Pacific Affairs, Journal of Contemporary East Asian Studies.

Concurrent Post

  • Affiliated organization   Global Education Center


  • 2006

    Waseda Univesity   Graduate School of Asia- Pacific Studies  


  • 2002

    Chinese University of Hong Kong   Graduate School, Division of Politics  

  • 1999

    The Chinese University of Hong Kong  


  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong   Master of Philosophy

  • 香港中文大學   修士(政治学)

Professional Memberships




    The Japan Association of International Relations


Research Areas

  • International relations

Research Interests

  • International Relations Theory, Japan-China Relations


  • China-Japan relations: Past, Present and Future (Forthcoming)

    CHEUNG Mong

    21st Century   ( 192 ) 24 - 36  2022.08  [International journal]

    Authorship:Corresponding author

  • Japan's Reluctant Realism on Taiwan

    Mong CHEUNG

    East Asia Forum    2022.05  [Refereed]  [International journal]

    Authorship:Corresponding author

  • Japan`s China policy under Abe: From strategic balancing to tactical hedging

    Mong CHEUNG

    Journal of International Security Studies     86 - 106  2021.03  [Refereed]  [International journal]

    Authorship:Corresponding author

  • Yasukuni in Japan`s China policy

    Mong CHEUNG

        103 - 116  2018.02  [Refereed]  [Domestic journal]

    Authorship:Corresponding author

  • Political Survival and Abe`s Yasukuni Diplomacy to China

    Cheung Mong

    Journal of China`s Neighboring Dipolomacy   ( 7 ) 199 - 211  2018  [Refereed]

    Authorship:Corresponding author

  • Japan’s China policy on Yasukuni under Abe (2012–2015): a political survival interpretation

    Mong CHEUNG

    Journal of Contemporary East Asia Studies    2017  [Refereed]  [International journal]

  • JAPANESE DIPLOMACY: The Role of Leadership

    Mong CHEUNG

    PACIFIC AFFAIRS   89 ( 4 ) 901 - 902  2016.12  [Refereed]  [International journal]

  • 政治生存与中日关系中的靖国神社问题


    《当代日本中国研究・政治・対外関係篇》   5   186 - 204  2016  [Invited]

    Authorship:Corresponding author

  • 东亚安全结构中的日本及其战略选择

    張 望

    《国际安全研究》(北京)   ( 5 )  2016  [Refereed]

    Authorship:Corresponding author

  • Japan`s Domestic Politics and China Policy: The Yasukuni Controversy (2006-07)

    Mong CHEUNG

    The Journal of Contemporary China Studies   2 ( 2 ) 25 - 46  2013.09  [Refereed]


  • 弱国の対立:尖閣諸島/钓鱼島漁船衝突事件から見る日中関係の深層


    ワセダアジアレビュー   ( 11 ) 54 - 57  2012

    Authorship:Corresponding author

  • Japan eyes the North Korean Nuclear Crisis (2006-09)

    Cheung, Mong

    Journal of Comparative Asian Develpment     109 - 130  2011.04  [Refereed]  [International journal]

  • 日中関係研究:新たなアプローチへ


    ワセダアジアレビュー   ( 7 ) 82 - 85  2010

    Authorship:Corresponding author

  • Political survival and the Yasukuni controversy in Sino-Japanese relations

    Mong Cheung

    THE PACIFIC REVIEW   23 ( 4 ) 527 - 548  2010  [Refereed]  [International journal]

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    This article presents a reinterpretation of Japan's responses toward China's pressure over the Yasukuni issue. It is generally taken for granted that Japan's official responses to China's pressure over the issue are determined by the personality of individual leaders, the emergence of Japanese conservative nationalism and the calculations of Japan's national interests with regard to China's strategic role. With the examination of two cases during the Koizumi and Abe administrations between 2001 and 2007, this paper offers an alternative interpretation by highlighting the rationality of individual political actors and the primacy of domestic political survival. The article suggests domestic political legitimacy of individual leaders is a vital factor that affects Japan's official responses to China's pressure over the Yasukuni issue.


  • Reshaping nationalism: Chinese intellectual response towards Sino-American and Sino-Japanese relations in the twenty-first century

    Simon Shen, Mong Cheung

    The PACIFIC REVIEW   20 ( 4 ) 475 - 497  2007.12  [Refereed]  [International journal]

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    Since the end of the Cold War, the international arena has witnessed two concurrent worldwide trends. One is the gradual prevalence of universalism under the banner of human civilization; the other is the gradual revival of nationalism globally under exactly the same heading. Both trends are evident in China, a country which in the twenty-first century is perceived universally as a rising nation. However, does Chinese nationalism necessarily pose a threat to the world? By examining two debates on the Chinese intellectual response towards Sino-American and Sino-Japanese relations in the early twenty-first century, this paper investigates the status of Chinese nationalism. It questions whether it is a fixed set of ideas embraced by a solid entity, or whether it possesses multiple layers with dual elements contributing to both security and insecurity internationally. The paper argues that three separate nationalist processes are occurring concurrently but independently of each other: the construction of civic nationalist values; the development of an international relations strategy assigning responsible power to China; and the detection of alleged anti-Chinese conspiracies. The effect of the first two would be to encourage regional peace, and they could offset fervent nationalist expression. A somewhat counter-intuitive result of Chinese nationalism might be that it also becomes a stabilizing force within and outside China's borders.


  • Riots of Patriot or Victim?: Japan’s Perception of Anti-Japanese Protests in China (2004-05)

    CHEUNG Mong

    The Waseda Journal of Political Science and Economics   363   25 - 36  2006.04  [Refereed]  [Domestic journal]

    Authorship:Corresponding author

  • 日本是否正在重走军国主义老路?

    CHEUNG Mong

    战略与管理 (北京)   59   23 - 27  2003.08

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Books and Other Publications

Research Projects

  • Foreign-Domestic Linkages in China's Foreign Policy to Japan (2010-2015)

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  • Foreign-Domestic Linkages in China's Foreign Policy to Japan (2010-2015)

    日本学術振興会 科学研究費助成事業 

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  • Japanese Politics and China-Japan relations under the Kishida administration

    CHEUNG Mong  [Invited]

    The DR. Seaker Chan Center for Comparative Political Studies, Fudan University 

    Presentation date: 2021.11

  • Japan’s Strategic Choice toward the Rise of China during the second Abe administration: From Balancing to Hedging


    Seminar, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong  (University of Hong Kong) 

    Presentation date: 2019.02

  • Political Survival and the Yasukuni Shrine Controversy in Japan’s relations with China


    “Major Issues on China ”  East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore

    Presentation date: 2016.03

  • 日中関係研究の方法論:歴史学と国際関係学の融合の可能性

    2015年度人間文化研究機構(NIHU)現代中国地域研究拠点・国際シンポジウム, 愛知大學、名古屋 

    Presentation date: 2016.02

  • “Double-Edged Diplomacy: The Role of Political Survival in Japan`s China Policy”

    Cheung Mong  [Invited]

    "China-Japan Relations and the Role of the U.S”, University of California, San Diego(UCSD), USA,. 

    Presentation date: 2014.03

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Specific Research

  • Foreign-Domestic Linkages in China's Foreign Policy toward Japan (2010-2015)

    2016   Tse-Kang Leng

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    The research examines the influence ofdomestic politics to Chinese foreign relations with Japan in the 2010s. By examining two casesafter the Chinese fishing trawler collision incident in 2010 and improvementsof China-Japan relations since 2013, this research offers an alternativeinterpretation to China’s Japan policy in the post-Cold War era by highlightingdomestic legitimacy of political leaders and the power rivalry within theChinese Communist Party (CCP). The empirical findings support the theoretical assumption stated in the proposal submitted 



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Committee Memberships

  • 2017

    英文学術誌《 Journal of Contemporary East Asian Studies》  副編集長

  • 2012.04

    英文学術誌 《 The Journal of Contemporary China Studies》  副編集長