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Is Japan a peacemaker or a troublemaker?

(People's Daily Online)

09:30, October 06, 2012

Since the beginning of 2012, the right-wing forces in Japan have become increasingly rampant.

Politically, the Noda administration actively caters to the U.S. return to Asia and strengthens the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty.

Militarily, it further breaks the framework of the Peace Constitution, sends Self-Defense Forces to participate in military drills organized by the United States, and allows the United States to deploy new missile defense systems in Japan.

Diplomatically, the Japanese government and right-wingers jointly stage the farce of "islands-buying" to challenge the international political landscape after the Second World War. In terms of security issues, it establishes the anti-China alliance with the United States by seeking island and marine interests from China.

The international community should be vigilant to this situation and never indulge it. As Japan refuses to reflect on its mistakes in the Second World War and thus has not been generally accepted by Asian countries, the international community has reasons to pose a question:

Does Japan implement the Peace Constitution or try to distort the history?

The Noda administration makes a high-profile response to the shift of U.S. strategic focus back to Asia Pacific and willingly acts as a pawn of the United States. Today, peace, development and cooperation have become the mainstream of the Asia-Pacific region, but Japan deliberately disrupts regional peace and stability. Therefore, the international community has reasons to pose a question:

Is Japan a promoter of peace and development or a troublemaker?

The Noda administration hypes the Diaoyu Islands issue again, which has damaged the China-Japan bilateral economic and trade relations and imposed barriers on the economic development of the two countries.

In the post-financial crisis era, China and Japan should have worked together to promote the economic and trade cooperation and provide external support for the economic development of countries in the Asia-Pacific region. However, Japan goes against the trend of history, so the international community has reasons to pose a question:

Is Japan a promoter or a stumbling block of regional economic cooperation?

The Noda administration counts on foreign assistance to promote regional politics and the strategy of military power. It ruins the bilateral relations at the 40th anniversary of normalization of Sino-Japan diplomatic relations. Japan interferes in the South China Sea issue intentionally, contains China with other claimant nations, and establishes the anti-China interest group. Besides, it stirs up troubles in the process of regional economic and trade cooperation, smears China to undermine the position and role of China, and interferes with the cooperation process in East Asia and Asia Pacific. To the perverse moves of Japanese government, the international community has reasons to pose a question:

Is Japan a good or bad partner in regional cooperation and development?


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