China-Japan Ties Problems with History, Attractive in RealityPosted: May 7, 2017
In its report “Japan, China to boost financial ties amid protectionist, North Korean tensions” yesterday, Reuters seems optimistic about the future of China-Japan ties.
Strange enough, the two historical enemies are interested in improving their ties.
Chinese people hate Japan for its war crimes in World War II that caused lots of misery to China, but Japan are now their favorite tourist destinations and Japanese goods are popular in China for their good quality.
Japanese public surveys find that of all foreign people, Japanese dislike Chinese most but Chinese tourists are welcome as they are rich and willing to spend.
China is certainly interested in Japanese technology and market for China’s labor-intensive goods, but Japan is even more interested in China’s huge market especially after US President Trump has scrapped TPP. Trump is now improving US ties with China for its huge market and has thus turned the US from Japan’s ally in containing China into Japan’s fearful competitor for Chinese market. No wonder, Japan has more earnest desire to improve its ties with China now.
In the above Reuters’ photo, you can see the big joy in Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso’s face but no obvious joy in his Chinese counterpart’s.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Reuters’ report, full text of which can be found at http://www.reuters.com/article/us-adb-asia-japan-china-idUSKBN18203U.