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Where is the 'gate' to China-Japan dialogue?

(People's Daily Online)    08:09, February 28, 2014
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe performed another "dialogue show" when he delivered a policy speech on Jan. 24. Speaking on China-Japan ties, he claimed: "The gate of conversation is always open. We should not adopt an attitude that dialogue is impossible if issues are not resolved. This is exactly why dialogue must take place."

What Abe intends is very clear. He seeks to blame China for the deterioration in China-Japan relations on the basis that China has closed the door of conversation and is not sincere about solving problems. Since ties began to worsen, Abe has regularly played the "conversation" card to avoid diplomatic difficulties, seeking to win moral sympathy from the international community.

Abe has claimed that the gate is always open, but no one can see it. What we actually see are walls that the Abe cabinet has built to block the way to conversation.

Japan insists that the Diaoyu Islands belong to Japan and there is no room for negotiations with China. How to negotiate if there is no room? In another example, some Japanese politicians of conscience have sought to examine their conscience