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Tokyo takes twin-track approach to Beijing

By Zheng Yangpeng (China Daily)

10:07, November 03, 2011

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BEIJING - With the increasingly skeptical tone of some of its statements regarding China, Japan's new administration has opted for a twin-track approach in its dealings with Beijing, showing caution on security issues but wishing to be cooperative in the economic field, analysts said.

In a recent interview with Financial Times, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda called for closer co-operation among regional neighbors to persuade China's military to abide by "common maritime rules".

"(We will) appeal in all kinds of meetings for China to abide by the rules," Noda said. "The important thing is to create an environment where China will make a positive contribution to peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region."

"The implicit message he sent is China doesn't conform to international rules," said Liu Jiangyong, a professor of Japanese studies at Tsinghua University.

But that is groundless as Noda didn't specify where and when China had failed to conform to international rules, said Liu.

For example, Japan criticized the activities of Chinese vessels and aircraft in the East China Sea, but part of that sea is disputed by China and Japan, said Liu.

"Noda doesn't appear to want to solve problems. His remarks just complicate matters," said Ma Gang, a professor at the National Defense University in Beijing.

In the interview, Noda also said he hoped there would be discussion of the issue at this month's East Asia Summit in Bali, Indonesia.

Noda's remark was one of several since he took office in early September, in which he bluntly expressed concern over the speed and "opaqueness" of China's military development, according to Yang Bojiang, a professor of Japanese studies at the Beijing-based University of International Relations.

What is more worrying is that Noda's rhetoric is accompanied by action. Japan's Self- Defense Forces are deploying forces from northern Hokkaido to the nation's southwestern islands to carry out a military exercise this month, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported.

This is in line with a medium- and long-term shift in Japan's defense strategy from the north to the southwest, which was outlined in the new National Defense Program Outline adopted last year.

Seeing China as a potential rival, according to Liu, contributed considerably to the strategic shift.

Japan has also weighed in on the South China Sea issue, citing "freedom of navigation" as the cause for its concern.


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Liang1a at 2011-11-0498.177.138.*
Although on the surface Japan is pursuing a 2 track approach to China, yet in substance it is pursuing one single policy which is to dominate China and ultimately to conquer it again like it tried in the last century. By taking a more hostile military stance it is trying to intimidate China to back down and give up its defense of its sovereignty over its islands in the East and South Seas. This will then hem China in and allow Japan and its allies to "contain" China and control its foreign trade.Japan is simultaneously expanding its domination of China's domestic economy. It has to a large extent taken control of China's domestic economy from such mundane thing as milk powder to bigger items such as cars and electronics. It has also obviously done a great deal in cultivating many hundreds of thousands of spies and traitors all throughout the Chinese society and government. I have come across many instances where people who are presumably Chinese have posted opinions that are completely unfavorable to China. For example, many alleged Chinese argue that China should give up its disputed territories in Xinjiang because of "historical" reasons; these traitors also argue China should not defend islands because they are far away from China's mainland as well as because China does not need more territories, and many other facetious nonsense. Historically, China had always been much stronger than neighboring countries. But it had repeatedly been conquered because of too many traitors who help the invaders to undermine China's defenses. Unfortunately, China is now seeing a repeat of this historical experience. This follows an excessive dependence on foreign trade and foreign investment coupled with a disconnect between the official ideology of egalitarianism and the amoral pragmatism of getting rich by any means which predisposes the unscrupulous Chinese to turn traitors.To stop the progress of this dangerous trend, China must reduce exports and replace it with domestic development based on the advancement of indigenously owned technologies and the urbanization of the farmers while making China self-sufficient in food and energy. This requires the revaluation of the yuan to remove the unfair advantages of the exporters in competition for energy and resources and their undeserved excessive profits based on the overvalued dollars and assorted foreign currencies such as the Japanese yen. FDI should be banned to stop the invasive dominance of foreign corporations in China's domestic economy. The Chinese people should wake up to the serious danger that a new class of "comprador bourgeoisie" has sprung up like fungus on a dead corpse all through China. And like the "comprador bourgeoisie" of the last two centuries they are the vanguard for the conquest of China by Japan and other foreign countries. If the Chinese people think this is nonsense, then think about this. 80% of China's cars are now produced by foreign car companies. Ultimately, this sector will employ some 10% or more of the Chinese work force in the making of parts and the assembling of cars as well as in their sale and after sale services. But if Japan and other foreign car makers gain control of this vital sector then Chinese workers in the car industry will effectively be working for the Japanese and will be loyal to the Japanese nation as their employer against China and would actually welcome a Japanese colonization of China. I hope the Chinese people can wake up now and realize how dangerous the Chinese nation has come to becoming a foreign semi-colony already. While there is some surface glitter to the Chinese economy. But this has come at the price of selling out the entire Chinese economy while only making a small percentage of the Chinese rich while condemning the vast majority of the Chinese people to perpetual poverty.
LovingChina at 2011-11-03183.39.48.*
"(We will) appeal in all kinds of meetings for China to abide by the rules," Noda said. "The important thing is to create an environment where China will make a positive contribution to peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region." HOW STUPIDLY NAIVE A JAPANESE PM COULD BE BY USING EXPRESSIONS LIKE THOSE ABOVE STATED HEREIN. IT IS A DAMN LAUGHING SHAMEFUL STOCK IN ASIA PACIFIC IF HE DID NOT UNDERSTAND THAT JAPAN TRIED TO RULE THIS PORTION OF THE WORLD IN 2 WARS BUT LOST THEM ALL MISERABLY AND HAND-BLOODY DISGRACEFULLY. DOES JAPAN UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHAT IS PEACE AND WAR? IT IS WANTING CHINESE BIZ BUT AT THE SAME TIME WANTING TO WAGE WARS/CONFLICTS AGAINST CHINA LIKE A DOGGIE PROXY OF WARRING BACKERS!! TALK AT THE MIRRORS AND ASK, "IS IT A PROUD JAPAN FOR THE LOVE OF PEACE IN ASIA PACIFIC?". SOMEHOW, CHINA SHOULD & OUGHT TO PROVIDE MORE BIZ OPPORTUNITIES IN CHINA TO KOREA(S) & ASEAN THAN JAPAN BY AT LEAST 10 FOLDS.
helen at 2011-11-03141.0.9.*
Japan will never change its spots as long as the United States has the leash on the Japanese government and its elites. It cannot pursue an independent policy without looking over its shoulder at its master - the United States. This is also compounded by the fact that it was able to inflict enormous sufferings, devastations and invasions of Asian countries during the two world wars and got away from it unscathed with help from the US. However, it still persists in harbouring an arrogant attitude towards Asians.Those days were long gone but the Japanese government, its military and its elites are still walking the corridors of yesterday's dreams. Only Neutrality would ensure the survival of Japan as a nation ...
  

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