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Japan's envisaged "warning shots" dangerous, irresponsible

By Wu Liming (Xinhua)

08:27, January 11, 2013

BEIJING, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Japan is reportedly scheming to fire "warning shots" if it encounters China's surveillance plane over the Diaoyu Islands. Such a provocative move is dangerous and irresponsible, and will definitely heighten the tension over the Diaoyu Islands issue and tip Sino-Japanese relations into a disastrous abyss.

It is the latest provocation by the the newly installed Shinzo Abe administration to test the response as well as the tolerance of China and of the broader international community.

Over the Diaoyu Islands issue, Japan has already made a mistake by attempting to challenge the international order established after the WWII. Now by talking about "warning shots," it slipped further into the wrong direction.

There were other steps taken by the Abe administration that have severely damaged the mutual trust between Japan and China.

For example, it has advocated for the revocation of two official statements issued in the 1990s, which conveyed apologies to victims of Japan's wartime atrocities.

The Kono Statement, which acknowledged the Japanese Imperial Army's role in forcing thousands of captured women into sex slavery, and the Murayama Danwa, a broader apology issued by then Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama over war atrocities, have long been considered rare examples of Tokyo's self-reflection.

Japan also has repeatedly taken provocative actions against Chinese surveillance ships and planes around and over the Diaoyu Islands. And Japan's Deputy Prime Minister, Taro Aso, in a high-profile trip to Myanmar, paid tribute to Japan's fallen soldiers buried there during WWII, in total disregard of the feelings of people that had suffered bitterly under the Japanese aggression.

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