Japanese Abe’s Wisdom to Overcome His Anti-China Syndrome

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with the chairman of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party’s General Council Toshihiro Nikai during the China-Japan friendship exchange meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, May 23, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Usually in a traditional strict Asian family, a son is not close to his father but very close to his grandfather. Japanese Prime Minister loves dearly his grandfather who China regards as a war criminal that has played a major role in invading China.

American presidential election loser Hillary Clinton was stupid in giving US ex-president Obama the advice to contain China with TPP that hurts the US while hurting China and US pivot to China that proves US inability to attack China when China responded with its determination to fight a war to the threat of two US aircraft carrier battle groups that the US sent to China’s vicinity to force China to accept the Hague arbitration award that entirely denies China’s historical rights and interests to the South China Sea.

Abe, however, is wise instead of stupid in vigorously supporting TPP and pivot to Asia as he knows well a rising China has the potential to retaliate Japan’s war crimes in invading China in the 1930s and 1940s. Without US help, Japan is simply no match to a rising China. When China retaliates, Abe’s beloved grandfather’s reputation will suffer. No wonder Abe has anti-China syndrome.

Abe visited the US as soon as US President Trump was inaugurated in an attempt to persuade trump to continue Hillary’s policies to contain China. Trump told Abe he had satisfactory telephone talks with Chinese President Xi, hinting that he wants to improve ties with China instead of containing China.

In vain Abe has played his shrewd trick of using the US to contain China while making efforts to improve ties with China himself. He knows very well that like the US, Japan has lots of business interests in China and relies greatly on Chinese market for economic recovery. That is why Abe has tried his best to find opportunities to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping personally for improvement of relations with China.

From the above perspective, we know the essential needs for Japan to send high officials to attend China’s mid May One Belt One Road summit.

Reuters fails to see or perhaps simply ignores the facts of Abe’s efforts to improve ties with China. In its report “Japan’s ruling party heavyweight to attend China’s New Silk Road summit” yesterday, it ascribes Japan’s move to the tension caused by North Korea. The tension has always been there. It has nothing to do with Japan’s change of attitude towards One Belt One Road. Trump’s change in US attitude towards China has forced Abe to regard improvement of relations with China as priority. After all, Japan does not want the US to have better competitive edge than Japan in Chinese market.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Reuters’ report, full text of which can be viewed at http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-silkroad-summit-japan-idUSKBN17R0KH


2 Comments on “Japanese Abe’s Wisdom to Overcome His Anti-China Syndrome”

  1. Steve says:

    He is Scoundrel and a trickster. During Obama/Clinton, he supported US FONOPs to contain China, supported the PCA arbitration, caused mischief in the SCS and ECS. Now, that Trump is friendly towards China and knowing the importance of the OBOR summit, he sends his Akita Inu to China for better diplomatic relations. Being Sly is a better word to use. What wisdom.? This Japanese is a trickster, only seeking self benefit. If he is politically wise, he would have acknowledged the WW11 genocide and pursued peace and harmony for both peoples across the ECS. Japanese leaders are strange, they are hideous and believe that being a scoundrel is good, hiding historical facts from their children is also good, this way no one knows the truth. Unfortunately, with such leadership, Japan is heading in the wrong direction.


  2. Simon says:

    I would’nt equate “Wisdom” with “Abe”. His anti China stance maybe the biggest mistake Japan will come to regret in the future. A wise Japaness leader will negotitaie the return of Daiyu Islands to China and fall to his knees for forgiveness over his country’s atrocities in WW2 and the wars and unequal treaties that preceded it.