China says one step forwards, two steps back no good for Japan ties


Reuters Staff September 29, 2017 / 4:36 PM

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s foreign minister on Thursday said that ties with Japan should not take two steps back for every step forward, after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a rare appearance at an anniversary event for the normalization of diplomatic relations.

Speaking on the eve of the 45th anniversary of the resumption of ties between Beijing and Tokyo, Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Japan’s ambassador to China, Yutaka Yokoi, that he hoped for greater improvement in relations.

“We hope that the Japanese government can pursue a more positive policy towards China… and not take one step back for each step forward, even two steps back for each step forward,” Wang said, according to a statement released on the ministry website on Friday.

Relations have been complicated for decades by the legacy of Japan’s wartime aggression, as well as by a festering territorial dispute in the East China Sea.

Abe on Thursday evening made an appearance at a Chinese embassy event in Tokyo that jointly celebrated the anniversary as well as China’s Oct 1 National Day.

Wang called the appearance “good news” and added: “We hope for more good news in China-Japan relations and not for bad news to follow shortly after good news.”

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Abe also exchanged congratulatory messages on Friday, in which Li said that the two countries should “properly manage and control their contradictions and differences”, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported.

Japan’s cabinet on Thursday announced Oct. 22 as the date of a snap election where Abe, a conservative who returned to power in 2012, hopes a recent boost in voter support will help his Liberal Democratic Party-led coalition maintain a simple majority. It now holds a two-thirds “super” majority.

Reporting by Christian Shepherd; Editing by Nick Macfie

Source: Reuters “China says one step forwards, two steps back no good for Japan ties”

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4 Comments on “China says one step forwards, two steps back no good for Japan ties”

  1. Joseph says:

    If Japan wishes to go back to the be Wa country, then let them. They are very good at emulating their Western masters anyway. This way, China doesn’t have to spend money to bail their sorry economy out. Japan would have to learn to grow up and know their place in the region before it’s too late for them. Japanese government may cover their eyes to the plight of the citizen to impress the American, but their suffering citizen would have to be innovative to survive. It used to be very hard to get visa to visit Japan, but now travel expos are popping like mushrooms. People used to be very thrilled visiting Japan, but now no one is impressed to visit Japan as it is an unexciting country. So unexciting that there is desperately sex tourism. So visiting Japan nowadays is just like visiting a cheap brothel. It’s actually convenient since brothels carry stigma in most Asian countries. This is how a modern country could turn into a prostitute nation, literally. But that’s the way it always is in Japan. The Daimyos and the Samurai class are always arrogant in their grand castle, while the people eat dirt and sell their dignity to survive. Welcome to neo-Bakufu meets democracy.

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  2. johnleecan says:

    No matter what China do, they can’t pull the Japanese people mentality to their side and away from the Americans. Japanese people hate Chinese. It is wishful thinking to think that Japanese people admire or are going to be impressed by China’s rapid development. More likely that the Japanese are scared of China, that one day the Chinese are going to take revenge on them. Just like how the Japanese are practically choking on their testicles everytime they learn that North Korea is advancing on their nuclear weapons and missile development.

    China’s statement that they won’t allow war or chaos to start on their doorstep is really pitiful. Why? Does China have absolute control over small hands Trump and chubby boy Kim Jong Un?

    It is now the right time for China to be aggressive, forceful and hostile towards Japan. The Japanese murdered, raped, mutilated, tortured Chinese men, women, children, babies on a massive scale that was state sponsored. And the Japanese will never apologized for their cold blooded, sadistic, ruthless, perverted and murderous rampage.
    This mass murder the Chinese people will never forget and revenge ten times more is the only way for the Japanese people to pay for their criminal and inhuman actions.

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  3. Jorge says:

    Why is Beijing still deluding on relationship with Japan and SK? They are occupied nations with no self determination.

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  4. Steve says:

    Abe scoring some cheap points for his snap election.

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