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Comment on Sino-Japanese relations

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What lurks behind the territorial and historical disputes between China and Japan is the chilly atmosphere of public opinion in both countries, which have been the most important influence on Sino-Japanese relations.

 

Public opinion in both countries is hostile and tends to stifle dissent. Despite the increasingly radical public opinion, both countries show their laissez-faire attitudes at its best. The politicians have no intentions to persuade the public, or they don’t dare to try. In China, the tough stance of military experts is applauded online while Japan’s domestic opinion is led by its right-wing politicians, who instead flare up the topics for short-term interests. All these have obstructed diplomatists from trying to solve the problem meticulously, reasonably and realistically, what’s more, to maximize the national benefit of both countries.

 

Nationalistic rhetoric does not make sense. Politicians should do more to keep diplomacy from being manipulated. Generally, public opinion is sentimental and can be regulated.

 

Abe’s radical words will do nothing but irritate the feelings of the Chinese people and leaders, impeding the improvement of Sino-Japanese relations. Also, China should avoid misunderstanding gestures to better Sino-Japanese relations.

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)


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Doctor in international politics, Institute of public relations and public opinion, School of Advertising, Communication University of China;

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