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Japan’s wishful thinking and America’s evil intentions [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, Diaoyu Islands, Obama, Sino-Japanese Friendship, US imperialism, USA on October 25, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

(People’s Daily Online)

October 18, 2012

During the talks with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns in Tokyo on Sept. 15, Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba said, “We believe that Japan and the United States should work tougher [sic] to deal with China and North Korea,” Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun cited Genba as saying.

Genba’s remarks revealed his intention of relying on the United States to contain China. U.S. backing has long been a part of Japan’s China policy, and encouraged Japan to take a tough stance on the Diaoyu Islands issue . Koichi Kato, head of the Japan-China Friendship Association, said that the United States has made the issue ambiguous.

The United States does not want the Diaoyu Islands issue to spin out of control because it does not serve its strategic interests. Therefore, it has said that it has no intention of and is not playing a mediating role in the territorial dispute between China and Japan, and that Japan should act carefully, prudently, and effectively.

Genba’s words and deeds show Japanese political circles’ anxiety, upset, and lack of confidence. It is pure wishful thinking of Japan to take advantage of the United States to contain China.

A moderately tense situation in East Asia best serves U.S. strategic interests. In such a situation, the United States is able to continue to manipulate its allies and maintain its dominance in Asia.

The United States turned a blind eye to and even showed support for Japan’s provoking of the Diaoyu Islands dispute. When the dispute reached deadlock, the United States and Japan conducted a joint military drill to simulate island retaking. In addition, the U.S. State Department adopted Japan’s way to call the islands “Senkaku Islands”.

It is obvious that the United States has been partial toward Japan in terms of the dispute. Does the United States really care about East Asia’s security or harbor evil intentions?

It is certain that the United States has benefited from the dispute. For example, it was finally allowed to deploy advanced radars and Osprey aircraft on Japanese soil. Furthermore, Japan plans to buy the Global Hawk unmanned aircraft from the United States to monitor the Chinese navy.

Read the Chinese version: “幼稚病”和“假正经”; [link via original article] Source: Jiefang Daily; Author: Zhang Quan

Article link: http://english.people.com.cn/90883/7981737.html

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Is Japan a peacemaker or a troublemaker? [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, Japan, Sino-Japanese Friendship, US imperialism, USA, World War II on October 13, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

(People’s Daily Online)
October 06, 2012

Since the beginning of 2012, the right-wing forces in Japan have become increasingly rampant.

Politically, the Noda administration actively caters to the U.S. return to Asia and strengthens the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty.

Militarily, it further breaks the framework of the Peace Constitution, sends Self-Defense Forces to participate in military drills organized by the United States, and allows the United States to deploy new missile defense systems in Japan.

Diplomatically, the Japanese government and right-wingers jointly stage the farce of “islands-buying” to challenge the international political landscape after the Second World War. In terms of security issues, it establishes the anti-China alliance with the United States by seeking island and marine interests from China [sic].

The international community should be vigilant to this situation and never indulge it. As Japan refuses to reflect on its mistakes in the Second World War and thus has not been generally accepted by Asian countries, the international community has reasons to pose a question:

Does Japan implement the Peace Constitution or try to distort the [sic] history?

The Noda administration makes a high-profile response to the shift of U.S. strategic focus back to Asia Pacific and willingly acts as a pawn of the United States. Today, peace, development and cooperation have become the mainstream of the Asia-Pacific region, but Japan deliberately disrupts regional peace and stability. Therefore, the international community has reasons to pose a question:

Is Japan a promoter of peace and development or a troublemaker?

The Noda administration hypes the Diaoyu Islands issue again, which has damaged the China-Japan bilateral economic and trade relations and imposed barriers on the economic development of the two countries.

In the post-financial crisis era, China and Japan should have worked together to promote the economic and trade cooperation and provide external support for the economic development of countries in the Asia-Pacific region. However, Japan goes against the trend of history, so the international community has reasons to pose a question:

Is Japan a promoter or a stumbling block of regional economic cooperation?

The Noda administration counts on foreign assistance to promote regional politics and the strategy of military power. It ruins the bilateral relations at the 40th anniversary of normalization of Sino-Japan diplomatic relations. Japan interferes in the South China Sea issue intentionally, contains China with other claimant nations, and establishes the anti-China interest group. Besides, it stirs up troubles in the process of regional economic and trade cooperation, smears China to undermine the position and role of China, and interferes with the cooperation process in East Asia and Asia Pacific. To the perverse moves of Japanese government, the international community has reasons to pose a question:

Is Japan a good or bad partner in regional cooperation and development?

Article link: http://english.people.com.cn/90883/7967906.html

‘Right-wing populists’ malignant tumor of Japanese society [People’s Daily]

Posted in Anti-China media bias, Anti-China propaganda exposure, China, China-bashing, Diaoyu Islands, Fascism, Japan, Sino-Japanese Friendship, Sinophobia on October 10, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

(People’s Daily Online)
October 03, 2012

Right-wing forces are malignant tumors of Japanese society. Europeans and Americans normally call social and political forces that advocate xenophobia and fascism “far-right forces,” and Japanese call them “right-wing forces” by tradition. Right-wing Japanese forces advocate nationalism and Japanese supremacy, and worship the Mikado.

Overall, traditional right-wingers have lost their mainstream status in Japanese political circles. They have either retired or been marginalized. The current Japanese right-wingers that make efforts to damage China-Japan relations and hype the “China threat” theory are mostly different from traditional right-wingers in thinking, but have caused almost the same damage to China-Japan relations. The new generation of Japanese right-wingers is more of “right-wing populists.”

“Right-wing populists” have become a mainstream political force in Japan because of the following reasons.

First, Japan is lagging behind a growing number of countries in comprehensive national strength, leading to a steady decline in its international status.

Second, from the standpoint of Japanese society, the two decades of economic stagnation in Japan coincides with the rapid development of globalization. Deluded by certain media outlets and politicians, the Japanese people blame China and other emerging countries for Japan’s decline, leading to strong xenophobic sentiment.

Third, Japanese elites represented by politicians and officials are powerless to improve the current difficult situation.

“Right-wing populists” are shortsighted and only care about their own interests. These egomaniacs have no concept of “win-win cooperation,” and often adopt a zero-sum mentality in diplomacy, which can easily lead to the deterioration of sensitive issues. The zero-sum mentality is largely to blame for the growing tensions between Japan and neighboring countries over territorial disputes, comfort women, and other issue in recent years.

Read the Chinese version: “民粹右翼”,日本社会的毒瘤, source: Guangming Daily

Article link: http://english.people.com.cn/90883/7967130.html

“Time for tough measures” – Op-ed on China fighting Japan over Diaoyu Islands’ sovereignty [China Daily]

Posted in China, Diaoyu Islands, Encirclement of China, Hu Jintao, Japan, Okinawa, Reform and opening up, Sino-Japanese Friendship, South China Sea, US imperialism, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War on September 17, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

by Chu Zhaogen

9-15-2012

China should forget about forging Sino-Japanese economic integration and fight against Japan’s resurging militarism

The Japanese government claims to have “purchased” China’s Diaoyu Island and Nanxiao and Beixiao islands for 2.05 billion yen ($26.15 million) from the Kurihara family, the so-called private owner of the Diaoyu Islands, and “nationalized” them.

Ignoring China’s repeated and strong representations, Japan stuck to its decision to “nationalize” the islands. Since Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara announced the metropolitan government’s plan on April 16 to “buy” the Diaoyu Islands, Japanese right-wing forces have been wolfishly pushing their luck on China’s Diaoyu Islands.

Besides, the Japanese Lower House Committee on Land, Infrastructure and Transport has passed two amendments, granting Japan coast guards the power to arrest non-Japanese nationals, if necessary, from the uninhabited islands.

Ironically, the Japanese government has claimed that the Diaoyu Islands are being brought under state ownership to “maintain and manage them in a peaceful and stable manner”, not to irritate China.

To avoid a strong reaction from China, Japan also tried to downplay the Diaoyu Islands dispute by sending a letter written by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to Chinese President Hu Jintao, conducting “corridor diplomacy” on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting, and promising not to change the status quo or build new structures on the Diaoyu Islands. It is clear that Japan is using both hard and soft tactics to further consolidate its illegal occupation of the Diaoyu Islands.

Behind the farce of “buying” the Diaoyu Islands, Japan has a much bigger plan. Since the United States announced its strategy of returning to Asia, Japan has been acting as “a pawn of the US” to encircle China.

By getting involved in the South China Sea dispute, playing up the “China maritime threat” and frequently holding large-scale joint military exercises with US forces, Japan, together with other US allies, is trying to contain China’s rise. Japan is not expected to stop provoking China and does not take seriously either the overall situation of Sino-Japanese relations or the peace and stability in Asia-Pacific. On the contrary, it has intensified its offensive against China, which poses the most serious challenge to Sino-Japanese relations in the new century.

Japan has ignored the Chinese government’s strong representations and resolute opposition and President Hu’s solemn warning at the APEC meeting against “purchasing” the Diaoyu Islands, which is a gross violation of China’s sovereignty. It has trampled historical facts and international law, made a mockery of the anti-fascist war (World War II) and poses a challenge to the post-war international order.

China should understand that under the garb of attempting to be a “normal country”, Japan is actually reviving its militarist past. History tells us that appeasement and compromise cannot halt the pace of an aggressor, and the result of appeasement will only be an even greater disaster. To avoid a repetition of history, China should exert sustained political and economic pressure on Japan, and take steps to avoid being led by the nose and to prevent Japanese right-wing aggressive actions.

First, a broader view is needed to resolve the Diaoyu Islands issue. The stealing of the Diaoyu Islands by Japan is a provocation for China and a blatant denial of the values and lessons of the anti-fascist war. So China needs to take a clear-cut stand on protecting these achievements, and use historical facts to expose Japan to the rest of the world.

China is a defender of the order in Asia-Pacific, particularly Western Pacific. It can further unite countries and peoples that once suffered under Japanese aggression. China should forget about forging Sino-Japanese economic integration and fight against Japan’s resurging militarism

The Japanese government claims to have “purchased” China’s Diaoyu Island and Nanxiao and Beixiao islands for 2.05 billion yen ($26.15 million) from the Kurihara family, the so-called private owner of the Diaoyu Islands, and “nationalized” them.

Ignoring China’s repeated and strong representations, Japan stuck to its decision to “nationalize” the islands. Since Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara announced the metropolitan government’s plan on April 16 to “buy” the Diaoyu Islands, Japanese right-wing forces have been wolfishly pushing their luck on China’s Diaoyu Islands.

Besides, the Japanese Lower House Committee on Land, Infrastructure and Transport has passed two amendments, granting Japan coast guards the power to arrest non-Japanese nationals, if necessary, from the uninhabited islands.

Ironically, the Japanese government has claimed that the Diaoyu Islands are being brought under state ownership to “maintain and manage them in a peaceful and stable manner”, not to irritate China.

To avoid a strong reaction from China, Japan also tried to downplay the Diaoyu Islands dispute by sending a letter written by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to Chinese President Hu Jintao, conducting “corridor diplomacy” on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting, and promising not to change the status quo or build new structures on the Diaoyu Islands. It is clear that Japan is using both hard and soft tactics to further consolidate its illegal occupation of the Diaoyu Islands.

Behind the farce of “buying” the Diaoyu Islands, Japan has a much bigger plan. Since the United States announced its strategy of returning to Asia, Japan has been acting as “a pawn of the US” to encircle China.

By getting involved in the South China Sea dispute, playing up the “China maritime threat” and frequently holding large-scale joint military exercises with US forces, Japan, together with other US allies, is trying to contain China’s rise. Japan is not expected to stop provoking China and does not take seriously either the overall situation of Sino-Japanese relations or the peace and stability in Asia-Pacific. On the contrary, it has intensified its offensive against China, which poses the most serious challenge to Sino-Japanese relations in the new century.

Japan has ignored the Chinese government’s strong representations and resolute opposition and President Hu’s solemn warning at the APEC meeting against “purchasing” the Diaoyu Islands, which is a gross violation of China’s sovereignty. It has trampled historical facts and international law, made a mockery of the anti-fascist war (World War II) and poses a challenge to the post-war international order.

China should understand that under the garb of attempting to be a “normal country”, Japan is actually reviving its militarist past. History tells us that appeasement and compromise cannot halt the pace of an aggressor, and the result of appeasement will only be an even greater disaster. To avoid a repetition of history, China should exert sustained political and economic pressure on Japan, and take steps to avoid being led by the nose and to prevent Japanese right-wing aggressive actions.

First, a broader view is needed to resolve the Diaoyu Islands issue. The stealing of the Diaoyu Islands by Japan is a provocation for China and a blatant denial of the values and lessons of the anti-fascist war. So China needs to take a clear-cut stand on protecting these achievements, and use historical facts to expose Japan to the rest of the world.

China is a defender of the order in Asia-Pacific, particularly Western Pacific. It can further unite countries and peoples that once suffered under Japanese aggression…

Second, the Diaoyu Islands dispute is intricately related to the status of the Liu Chiu or Ryukyu Islands. In 1951, the Treaty of San Francisco, which China says is illegal, was signed between Japan, the US and other countries, placing the Liu Chiu Islands (known as Okinawa today) under the trusteeship of the US. In 1971, Japan and the US signed the Okinawa Reversion Agreement, which arbitrarily included the Diaoyu Islands in the territories and territorial waters to be “handed back” to Japan. The Chinese government has condemned such backroom deals between Japan and the US.

China’s goal should at least be to gain actual control of the Diaoyu Islands. Also, because Japan unilaterally broke the understanding and agreement on the Diaoyu Islands that it reached with China during the talks to normalize bilateral diplomatic relations, China can change its decision to abandon claims of monetary compensation from Japan and make the compensation a prerequisite of the second normalization of bilateral ties.

Finally, China should get fully prepared to confront Japan’s right-wing extremism and militarism. Japan launched two wars against China – 1894-95 and in 1937-45 – which halted China’s modernization process.

Now after 30 years of reform and opening-up, China is rising peacefully. But many Japanese see that as a nightmare for Japan and are trying to foil China’s modernization drive a second time. Given Japan’s provocations, China should not adopt an ostrich-like policy.

Economically, China can forget about Sino-Japanese economic integration and instead impose political and economic sanctions on Japan. On the diplomatic front, China’s strategic competition with Japan should be direct until Japan unconditionally accepts the post-World War II order in East Asia.

Japan has to recognize China’s sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands and atone for its past aggressions and atrocities, and take measures to punish those Japanese who deny the country’s violent past…Only if Japan does that will China and other Asian countries see it as a normal country. Otherwise, China should prepare for a long-term struggle.

The author is a Shanghai-based scholar in international studies.

[Edited by Zuo Shou]

Full article link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2012-09/15/content_15760047.htm

China-Japan relations must be viewed through long lense [People’s Daily]

Posted in Anti-communism, Australia, China, China-bashing, Diaoyu Islands, Japan, Media smear campaign, Sino-Japanese Friendship, south Korea, US foreign occupation, US imperialism, USA on September 22, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By Zhao Qizheng (People’s Daily Overseas Edition)
August 26, 2011

Edited and Translated by People’s Daily Online

A recent public opinion survey conducted by China Daily and Japanese non-profit organization Genron NPO before the 7th Beijing-Tokyo Forum shows that about 29 percent of Chinese respondents held a favorable opinion of Japan or more than 70 percent of Chinese people surveyed had a negative feeling about Japan. A lower percentage of Japanese people surveyed held a favorable opinion of China, standing at only less than 21 percent. This shows how weak the ties between the two countries’ people are, and the fragility of China-Japan relations is worth pondering.

China-Japan relations are characterized by multiplicity and complexity: they are close neighbors both in terms of geographical proximity and cultural similarities. Their winding historical relations are made up of 2000 years of exchanges, 50 years of war and 60 years of peaceful development after World War II. They also have West-East ties that have both negative and positive effects.

To contain China, some Western countries hold to outdated “values-oriented diplomacy,” which refers to diplomatic policies made based ideologies and political systems, and which is rooted in the Cold War. Japanese leaders have also advocated values-oriented diplomacy over recent years. They also maintain the relations between the global South and the North. Japan is a developed country, while China is a developing country.

They also have the relationship of coexistence and competition. Japan, Australia and South Korea appear to find that their economic and strategic interests are already varied. The three countries’ largest economic partner is China, and their most important political and military partner is the United States. Japan’s recent “White Papers on Defense” has played up the “China threat theory” to its people. The economic ties between China, Japan and the United States have seemed like an equilateral triangle over recent years, while their political and military ties seemed like another triangle with the side between Japan and the United States being much shorter. The inconsistent relations have also complicated Japan’s attitude toward China.

The 2,000 years of friendship and 50 years of confrontation between China and Japan have proven that cooperation benefits both sides, while confrontation results in harm. Their long-standing friendship can be attributed to a deep-rooted tradition of cultural exchanges, and the 50 years of confrontation can be ascribed to the Japanese invasion of China. The people and officials of both countries have made great efforts to restore friendly relationships with each other over the past 60 years after the end of the Second Sino-Japanese War. The people of the two countries, especially young people, should learn true history, draw lessons from past mistakes, and stick to friendly relations in their pursuit of national prosperity.

Both countries know clearly about the real causes of the perennial problems plaguing their bilateral relations and are aware of the importance of a positive relationship to their national interests. The key is to completely solve these problems step by step. The two countries should take a far-sighted approach to managing their relations to achieve mutual benefit and progress.

The far-sighted approach is maintaining a positive attitude toward bilateral relations, developing common interests, conducting win-win economic cooperation, coordinating geopolitical strategy and treating territorial disputes and emergencies with caution. Both sides should leave some wiggle room when handling sensitive issues, and Japan’s wrongful arrest of Chinese fishermen over the Diaoyu Islands dispute should have been avoided.

China and Japan should regard the overall situations of the two countries and the world as the priority and correctly understand and handle the frictions in the China-Japan relations but should not let the temporary tension sacrifice the future or let the individual cases affect the overall China-Japan relations. Both sides should make more efforts to promote the peace and development, but should not do the things that will intensify the contradictions or tension. These are the fundamental attitudes that the two big countries of China and Japan should have.

China’s peaceful development is China’s largest national interests and also the common interests of China and Japan. Correctly understanding and handling the China-Japan relations is a historic burden of the people and politicians of the two countries. Treating and handling the issues strategically means considering and handling the issues in a historical, overall and future view. It is the only correct way. The China-Japan relations should be subject to and serve the overall global situation of peace and development. Jointly promoting the peace and development of Northeast Asia, Asia and even the world should be a common historic responsibility of the two counties.

The author is the director of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and the president of the School of Journalism and Communications under the Renmin University of China.

Article link: http://english.people.com.cn/90883/7581295.html

Official calls for better sentiments between Chinese, Japanese people [People’s Daily / CPC News]

Posted in Beijing, China, Japan, Sino-Japanese Friendship, Tokyo on September 9, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

BEIJING, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) — Wang Chen, director of China’s State Council Information Office, on Sunday called for more efforts to improve the sentiments between the Chinese and Japanese people.

“People-to-people exchanges are heart-to-heart exchanges, which is playing an increasingly important role in the bilateral ties between China and Japan,” said the official, adding that those are the best ways to deepening understanding, trust and good feelings between nations.

Wang made the remarks at the 7th annual Beijing-Tokyo Forum held in Beijing to promote understanding and strengthen ties between the two nations.

China and Japan have witnessed great leaps of people-to-people exchanges over the past decades since the normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1972, Wang said.

A total of 5.7 million Chinese and Japanese people visited each other’s country in the year of 2010, compared to some 10,000 when the relationship was normalized, according to the official.

“We need to make more efforts to increase dialogue and exchange between the people of the two countries from all walks of life, to make more people become staunch supporters and enthusiastic participants in advancing the China-Japan relations,” said the official.

Days before Sunday’s forum, a public opinion poll on Chinese and Japanese’s views of each other’s country was released, showing that 28.6 percent of grassroots Chinese citizens have positive views on Japan, while 20.8 percent of Japanese have positive views on China.

The forum gathered some 300 participants from various circles in the two countries and they conducted dialogues on issues covering politics, economy, media and security.

The forum, held annually since 2005, is jointly organized by China’s biggest English newspaper, China Daily, and Genron NPO, a Japanese think tank.

Source: Xinhua

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Okinawans don’t fall for U.S.’s China-bashing [Workers World]

Posted in China, Japan, Okinawa, Pentagon, Sino-Japanese Friendship, Wall Street, Wikileaks, World War II on July 22, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By Deirdre Griswold
Published Jul 13, 2011

U.S. troops have occupied the island of Okinawa ever since World War II. In April 1945 the U.S. launched an 82-day battle to take Okinawa from Japan. The largest amphibious assault in the entire Pacific war, the battle killed half the civilian population of Okinawa. Japanese forces sustained 100,000 casualties there; 50,000 U.S. troops were either killed or wounded before Japan surrendered the island.

Millions died in Asia because of this horrendous war between the two competing imperialist powers. Yet today the U.S. and Japan are strategic partners. So why are tens of thousands of U.S. troops still in Okinawa?

The U.S. is trying to convince the people of the island that its troops are there to protect them from the “threat” of China. But the Okinawans are not buying it.

That’s the gist of an April 2006 cable from the U.S. consul general in Naha, Okinawa, that was recently released by WikiLeaks. The U.S. official, Thomas Reich, wrote to Washington about a conversation he had had with Mitsuko Tomon, a lawmaker from the Socialist Party who had been a candidate for mayor of Okinawa City.

Reich had tried to put Tomon on the defensive by showing her a map that purported to give the locations of Chinese “incursions” in the area around Okinawa. But, cabled Reich, she replied, “Japan and the United States had been more harmful to Okinawa than China had ever been.” She added that China’s behavior “did not justify the concentration of U.S. forces and facilities in Okinawa.” (Wall Street Journal, July 4)

That is the sentiment of most Okinawans, as expressed in countless demonstrations, marches, vigils and protests against the bases.

Today 75 percent of all U.S. bases in Japan are on Okinawa, an island that makes up less than 1 percent of Japan’s territory. In fact 20 percent of the land on the island is taken by U.S. bases. (CNN World, March 12) Moreover, the Pentagon wants to expand its existing bases.

It is important that progressives in the U.S., who may think that Washington and Wall Street are friendly toward China because of extensive U.S. investment and trade with that country, are aware that U.S. imperialists, whatever the diplomatic maneuvers of their politicians, are deeply hostile to China. They see China not only as a growing economic rival but one that comes out of a profound social revolution that liberated the Chinese people from foreign imperialist domination.

Which is one of the reasons why the people of Okinawa, who were occupied first by Japan and then by the U.S., regard China as their friend.

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Article link: http://www.workers.org/2011/world/okinawan_0721/
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Also see referenced Wall Street Journal article dated July 4, 2011:
“WikiLeaks: Okinawa’s Pro-China, Anti-U.S. Bent”
http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2011/07/04/wikileaks-okinawas-pro-china-anti-u-s-bent/