China Shall Not Regard Japan as Its EnemyPosted: January 1, 2017
People, especially some Chinese people, regard Japan as China’s enemy. That is quite natural as Japan brought misery to China in its aggression against China before the end of World War II.
Memory of such misery shall first of all stimulate Chinese people to make great efforts to realize their Chinese dream for the rejuvenation of their great motherland.
Second, China shall prevent the militarization of Japan to prevent Japan from growing militarily strong to repeat its aggression in Asia.
However, in China’s diplomacy, China shall deal with Japan friendly as long as Japan has shown repentance of its past war crimes.
Now, Japan is intensifying its development of weapons, but that is obviously aimed at self-defense instead of aggression.
Japan wants to contain China as it is afraid of China’s retaliation of Japan’s war crimes in the past. However, it knows well that it is no rival to a rising China.
In spite of Western media’s decades of doomsday prediction, Chinese economy has kept on rising while Japanese economy remains stagnant. Time is on China’s side! Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe knows that well. His only way out is to rely on the US for economic growth and military protection. Obama’s pivot to Asia to contain China precisely provides Abe with what he wants.
Sorry for Abe, the new US president Donald Trump wants to scrap TPP, Obama’s economic approach to contain China. Abe’s dream to have better access to US market and reduce China’s access to US market by TPP has been broken. His only hope for Japan’s economic growth lies now in China’s growing huge market.
When he mainly relied on the US, Abe had no enthusiasm for China-South Korea-Japan plus ASEAN free trade area (ASEAN + 3). He even visited Yasukuni Shrine to upset China and South Korea.
Without US TPP, Abe now wants success in the tripartite talks for the free trade area earnestly. Reuters’ report yesterday titled “Japan eyes trilateral talks with China, South Korea in February: Kyodo” proves that.
In fact, according to SCMP’s report on November 22, 2016 titled “Xi Jinping, Abe meet briefly on Apec sidelines … but China and Japan give differing accounts of it”, in a 10-minute meeting between Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of APEC summit, Abe told Xi that he would like to seek overall improvement in Sino-Japanese ties. Kotaro Nogami, Japan’s deputy chief cabinet secretary, quoted Abe as telling Xi, “While dealing with outstanding issues in an appropriate manner and from a broad perspective, I’d like to forge a stable and good relationship.”
At that time Japan would soon host an annual trilateral summit of Japan, South Korea and China mainly for the free trade area. In his meeting with Xi, Abe expressed his desire to have Chinese Premier Li visit Japan for the trilateral summit but Xi gave no clear answer to that request.
Now the summit was postponed due to impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye. Reuters says in its report, “Japan eyes trilateral talks with China, South Korea in February: Kyodo” that Japan approached China and South Korea about holding the trilateral summit in Tokyo in February and has received enthusiastic response from South Korea but no response from China yet. It is still unknown whether Premier Li will attend the summit.
If Li does not attend, there will not likely be substantial progress in the establishment of the free trade area that Abe wants now.
The Japan issue is quite a tricky one for Chinese leaders. Reuters mentions in its report China’s disagreement with Japan on North Korea, deployment of THAAD in South Korea and Japanese Defense Minister’s decision to visit the controversial Yasukuni Shrine. It tests Chinese leader’s wisdom.
China shall use the economic attraction to draw Japan and South Korea to its side and sever their ties with the US. China has already won over US ally the Philippines. If it can win over Japan and South Korea, the US will be completely isolated in Asia. That must be China’s strategic goal, but it is very difficult to achieve.
If Trump is wise, he shall win over Russia, which Obama has pushed away to Chinese side. The China-Russia de facto alliance alone makes the US unable to achieve anything in Asia. However, winning over Russia without hurting US ties with its European allies requires top wisdom.
It is very interesting to watch who is wise and who is stupid now when Trump comes to power.
I am a Chinese. I certainly love China and hope Chinese leaders will act wisely. However, when they are stupid, I certainly will attack such stupidity fiercely for China’s interests. Pro-China readers may be surprised by that but they shall know covering up or beautifying China’s stupidity does China no good.
Laughing at US stupidity may perhaps help the US become wise, but due to US arrogance and lack of confidence in my good intention, the US will not correct. I cherish no hostility to American people. I hope US democracy will really enable American people instead of vested interests to dominate US politics. Then the US will not be so stupid as to pursue world hegemony when it now simply lack the financial resources to do so and the hegemony will not benefit American people.
Look, the US now lacks funds to fix its poor infrastructures but is wasting lots of money in developing expensive weapons that cannot enable it to win any war.
Just imagine, how can a country regard itself as a dominant world superpower when it is unable to annihilate quickly very backward ISIS that has no industry, no weapon supply but from the US by capturing US weapons from US proxies.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s report, full text of which can be found at http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2047836/china-japans-leaders-meet-briefly-sidelines-apec-summit and on Reuters’ report, full text of which is reblogged below:
Japan eyes trilateral talks with China, South Korea in February: Kyodo
Japan has approached China and South Korea about holding a trilateral summit in Tokyo in February aimed at deepening cooperation on such issues as a free trade deal, the environment and counter-terrorism, Kyodo news agency reported on Saturday.
Disagreements over North Korea and historical issues have long dogged relations between the three Asian powers, though they have held several such trilateral meetings since 2008, most recently in Seoul in 2015.
South Korea is enthusiastic about participating in the proposed Tokyo summit while China has yet to clarify its position, Kyodo said, citing unnamed diplomatic sources.
China is unlikely to announce its decision before U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s policy on Asia becomes more clear, Kyodo said.
If the summit does go ahead, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, in lieu of recently-impeached President Park Geun-hye, are expected to meet around February 10, Kyodo added.
Japan and South Korea said earlier this month they would impose new unilateral sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, but China has expressed its opposition to such measures.
Beijing also opposes a decision by South Korea and the United States to deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) anti-missile system to counter missile threats from North Korea.
China and South Korea have both been angered by the Japanese defense minister’s decision on Thursday to visit a controversial shrine to Japan’s war dead. Beijing and Seoul see the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo as a symbol of Japan’s militarism and a reminder of its wartime atrocities.
Japan had originally intended to host the trilateral summit this year, but it postponed the plan due to political uncertainty in South Korea. Tokyo proposed the meeting to Seoul in mid-December following Park’s impeachment, Kyodo said.
(Reporting by Minami Funakoshi; Editing by Gareth Jones)
Note: I reblogged the full text of Reuters’ report here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.