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Japan’s wishful thinking and America’s evil intentions

(People's Daily Online)

10:23, October 18, 2012

During the talks with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns in Tokyo on Sept. 15, Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba said, “We believe that Japan and the United States should work tougher to deal with China and North Korea,” Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun cited Genba as saying.

Genba’s remarks revealed his intention of relying on the United States to contain China. U.S. backing has long been a part of Japan’s China policy, and encouraged Japan to take a tough stance on the Diaoyu Islands issue. Koichi Kato, head of the Japan-China Friendship Association, said that the United States has made the issue ambiguous.

The United States does not want the Diaoyu Islands issue to spin out of control because it does not serve its strategic interests. Therefore, it has said that it has no intention of and is not playing a mediating role in the territorial dispute between China and Japan, and that Japan should act carefully, prudently, and effectively.

Genba’s words and deeds show Japanese political circles’ anxiety, upset, and lack of confidence. It is pure wishful thinking of Japan to take advantage of the United States to contain China.

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