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China changes its strategy towards Japan: unrelenting pressure has produced far greater costs than benefits for China


Over the past several months a gradual but significant shift has taken place in China’s policy toward Japan. The change is a result of Beijing’s recognition that its unrelenting pressure on Tokyo since the Japanese Government purchased several of the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands from a private owner in September 2012 has produced far greater costs than … Continue reading

China seeks to be centre of Asian Union, world’s largest Free Trade Zone


As far back as January 2012, I pointed out “China’s desire to establish an East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere,” which Japan shed a lot of blood to establish decades ago, but failed. ASEAN plus China, Japan and Korea (APT – ASEAN Plus Three) will be its embryo. If Australia and New Zealand, who both already have free trade … Continue reading

China sends warships to escort oil rig to waters claimed by Japan near Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands


The following is a translation from Chinese media: China’s qianzhan.com says in its report today that China’s Kaixuan-1 oil rig is on its way to the area near the disputed Diaoyu Islands (known as Senkakus in Japan), accompanied by quite a few Chinese warships. Chinese people are excited at the news. They are happy that … Continue reading

To avoid angering China, Japanese Prime Minister skips visiting Yasukuni Shrine; China still angry


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, hoping to appease conservative supporters without closing the door on a hoped-for summit meeting with China’s leader, refrained from visiting a controversial war shrine in Tokyo on Friday, the 69th anniversary of the end of World War II, sending a cash offering instead. Some 80 Japanese politicians, including three … Continue reading

Stop spreading hatred between Chinese and Japanese people!


I described the prospects of a thaw in Sino-Japanese relations in a previous post due to Japanese Prime Minister’s verbal message to Chinese President Xi Jinping expressing his hope for a summit meeting with Xi in Beijing in the period of the APEC meeting. I regard it as a very good piece of news though … Continue reading

China uses D-Day anniversary to praise Germany, slam Japan


China used the 70th anniversary of World War Two‘s D-Day landings on Friday to praise Germany for its contrition over its wartime past and slam Japan for what Beijing views as Tokyo‘s continued denial of its brutal history. China has increasingly contrasted Germany and its public remorse for the Nazi regime to Japan, where repeated … Continue reading

China’s secret WWII documents surface mysteriously; hidden and never mentioned since 1950s


China has released what it claims are previously confidential Japanese wartime documents, including some about comfort women forced to serve in military brothels during World War Two, Chinese state media reported. The publication comes during a fraught period in Japan-China relations. Last week, Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd paid about $29 million for the release … Continue reading

Chinese admiral to snub Japan at regional meeting because Japan “hurt the feelings of the Chinese people”


The commander of the Chinese navy will refuse to meet Japanese military officials one-on-one at a regional naval symposium in China this week, a navy spokesman was quoted as saying on Sunday, citing what he called hurtful actions by Japanese leaders. The decision to snub Japanese officials attending the Western Pacific Naval Symposium in Qingdao … Continue reading

This is why Germany doesn’t want China anywhere near Berlin’s holocaust memorial


Chinese President Xi Jinping is in Germany for the next two days, meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel and other German officials. It’s the third leg of Xi’s European Union trip, and an important one – as Deutsche Welle notes, Germany is China’s most important trade partner in Europe. There is, however, once place that Xi isn’t … Continue reading

China seeks WWII focus on Japan during visit to Germany, but Germans feel uncomfortable about it


China wants to make World War Two a key part of a trip by President Xi Jinping to Germany next month, much to Berlin’s discomfort, diplomatic sources said, as Beijing tries to use German atonement for its wartime past to embarrass Japan. China has increasingly contrasted Germany and its public contrition for the Nazi regime … Continue reading

East China Sea: What do China and Japan really want?


The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and not necessarily those of China Daily Mail. The diplomatic standoff between China and Japan is drifting in the direction of military conflict. At the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2014, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made an explicit analogy between the current Sino-Japanese … Continue reading

China takes propaganda war with Japan to United Nations


China took its propaganda war with Japan to the United Nations on Wednesday, questioning Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe‘s motives for visiting a controversial war shrine and calling on him to correct his “erroneous outlook” on history. Abe’s December 26 visit to Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine, where Japanese leaders convicted as war criminals are enshrined along … Continue reading

China rightly outraged at Japan: Moral honesty is the key for historical closure


I refer to the AFP news report, “Germany urges Japan to deal ‘honestly’ with WWII past”, December 31. To quote from the said article: “Germany said Monday it tried to deal “honestly” with its World War II past and urged Japan to do the same after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe‘s visit to a controversial war … Continue reading

Japan to be more assertive against China


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in an interview published on Saturday, said Japan was ready to be more assertive in guarding against what he said might be an attempt by China to use force to attain its diplomatic goals. But a top retired Chinese diplomat said any move by Tokyo to contain China could amount to … Continue reading

Chinese hatred of Japan; real or government-created?


“On this day in 1945, Japan announced unconditional surrender.” The official account of China Central Television posted this information on Weibo, one of China’s largest social media platforms, and it quickly spread. Three trending posts, with a combined 236,000 retweets, identified the day’s significance and emphasized the number of Chinese who had been wounded and killed during … Continue reading

China summons Japanese ambassador over shrine visit


China summoned Japan’s ambassador on Thursday to lodge a strong complaint after two Japanese cabinet ministers publicly paid their respects at a controversial Tokyo shrine for war dead, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said. The ministers’ visit to the Yasukuni Shrine “seriously harms the feelings of the people in China and other Asian victim countries”, the … Continue reading

Japanese Prime Minister to visit Yasukuni Shrine wearing fake moustache; China not fooled


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may make an offering at Yasukuni Shrine later this week, media reported on Wednesday. The news comes as a surprise, because Abe himself had previously made clear that he would skip the traditional visit to the shrine this year. Critics have pointed out that Abe visiting the shrine, a symbol … Continue reading

A gaffe-prone Japan is a danger to peace in Asia; China concerned


The Abe government’s disastrous public diplomacy risks alienating not just China but also the US. Japan’s public diplomacy hovers between the ludicrous and the sinister. In recent months, the country has specialised in foreign policy gaffes that seem designed to give maximum offence to its Asian neighbours while causing maximum embarrassment to its western allies. Last week … Continue reading

China protests over Japanese officials visiting war shrine and activists visiting Senkaku Islands


A group of lawmakers including Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lawmaker Hidehisa Otsuji (front 3rd L), Japan Restoration Party member Takeo Hiranuma (front L) and LDP member Sanae Takaichi (front 2nd L) are led by a shinto priest as they visit the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, in this photo taken by Kyodo April 23, … Continue reading

Premier Wen shows China’s best face to the world


SCMP reports: “The image projected by Premier Wen Jiabao on his many travels abroad, analysts say, fits in with China‘s attempts to project its soft power. “When Premier Wen Jiabao went overseas he would often seize the chance to show the personable side of the Chinese leadership to overseas audiences, who sometimes perceive it as … Continue reading

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