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Post time 2018-10-27 14:49:00 |Display all floors

Both China and Japan have pledged to strengthen bilateral ties amid continuous efforts made by the two nations. “Bilateral relations have returned to the right track and gained positive momentum,” Chinese President Xi Jinping said, adding that this is something the two sides should cherish.

Xi made the remarks on Friday in Beijing during his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is the first Japanese leader to visit China in seven years.

Leaders from the two sides have witnessed a wide range of agreements, including a 30 billion US dollar worth of currency swap pact, the establishment of a maritime and air liaison mechanism, and enhancing people-to-people exchanges.

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Good neighbors with mutual interests

"The long-term continuing development of Sino-Japan relationship corresponds to the basic interests of people from both China and Japan," President Xi said, "That is also the expectation of the international community."

As early as when it was back in 1978, then leaders from both sides signed Treaty of Peace and Friendship, which opened up exchanges in political, economic, cultural and scientific areas. The document also made sensitive issues like reviewing history properly and Taiwan issues clear.

"Both China and Japan need to follow the principles established in the four basic political documents," President Xi said, hoping to push bilateral ties a step further under the right direction.

Multi-dimensional exchanges advancement

President Xi called for pragmatic cooperation at a higher level, mentioning the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative for deeper economic cooperation.

"China's door of opening up will open even wider," the Chinese president said.

He also emphasized that political mutual trust between the two countries needs to be enhanced, to fulfill the mutual understanding of "partnerships with no threats to each other."

Group photo of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, and students. /CGTN Photo

China welcomes Japan to participate in China's development more actively, Xi noted.

Japan vows to deepen ties

"We are willing to deepen cooperation hands in hands with China in various fields," Prime Minister Abe said, emphasizing his interest in the Belt and Road Initiative and decision to further work together in the third-party market.

Abe welcomes China's decision to further open up to the outside world and is willing to participate along the way.

The Japanese prime minister delivers his wish at the end. He looks to embark a new era of Japan-China relationship after his three-day visit, which ends Saturday.

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Post time 2018-10-27 15:21:09 |Display all floors
These events are fine and dandy and I fervently wish them luck.

But let me ask you just one simple question:

What if the real-estate salesman sends warships to Gaoxiong Harbor next month during their planned naval exercise?

Are we then going to pretend that nothing has happened just as we did when a U.S. naval scientific research vessel sailed into Gaoxiong Harbor a few days ago directly countering what a Chinese diplomat told the world in no uncertain terms --  that once the U.S. sends a warship to Gaoxiong Harbor, the PLA would definitely respond?

And if that starts a military confrontation between the U.S. and China, which side would Japan be on?

Fundamental problems that have not been tackled are going to be huge stumbling blocks.

Have you also noticed that CCTV-4 did not put the details of Abe's visit on the Number One spot on its priority broadcasting list, even though the English-language CGTN did throughout the day.

Someone at CCTV-4 apparently has the same feeling as I do -- vigilance is required, and while hoping for the best, we must prepare for the worst.  

Simply too many things can happen in this particular bilateral relationship, mainly because Japanese politicians had continued to visit the 14 Class A war criminals right on the heels of our premier's visit to Japan.

Having said that though, I sincerely hope things will work out as agreed between the two nations.

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Post time 2018-10-27 18:00:08 |Display all floors
Way too early to know. 'Fukushima' abe is not to be trusted in any related matters as well.

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Post time 2018-10-27 20:20:29 |Display all floors
One study said US companies increased their Chinese productivity by 23% whereas Japanese companies increased their Chinese productivity by 6%.  Have Japanese investors been holding back their cooperation with their Chinese partners while enjoying bigger and smoother access to China's markets besides the huge profits made and sent back home? And in China buying more SKorean products whose companies pay IP on those products to Japan, is Japan double making from xxxxx?

And i am too exhausted to write further after laboring to log-in. Besides wondering again and again why some of my longer posts which i presume would be useful have not passed the filter test.

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Post time 2018-10-28 02:18:52 |Display all floors
We must look ahead no matter how unacceptable it is for us emotionally to do this after Japanese politicians have continued to visit the Shrine right on the heels of Premier Li's visit to the island nation, or else we would simply be led astray by the offshoring machinations of a jealous hegemon whose strategy is to put China into a coma.

It means the difference between going alone on our 2025 Plan or at least enlisting the cooperation of Japan which might ensure the completion of the Plan on time.

Although we know the guy is untrustworthy, there is no simple way to get rid of a neighbor sleeping with his feet beside your head in an emergency (the U.S.-China trade war) room bed.

You need to get accustomed to the smell of his feet for the sake of China.

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Post time 2018-10-28 10:08:49 |Display all floors
Mishao Post time: 2018-10-27 18:00
Way too early to know. 'Fukushima' abe is not to be trusted in any related matters as well.

Exactly, and he has selected the optimal time to push for Fukushima exports to China.

It is a Chinese cultural tradition that as far as possible we like to give foreigners face when they come to China as traders or visitors.  So even though we had long rejected Fukushima exports because of their possible radioactive contamination after the tsunami-induced nuclear accidents back in March, 2013, every time Abe pushed for Fukushima exports, we had hesitated to comply.

This time it might be different because Abe is saying that their own citizens are consuming such products and that means it is entirely safe for consumption.

But who knows if he is being truthful or simply trying to open the Chinese market to unsafe seafood whose radioactivity level may not have been adequately measured.

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Post time 2018-10-28 10:17:19 |Display all floors
Whatever is said, Japan remains the backdoor watchdog for a US whose frontdoor watchdog is a Europe as its buffer against Russia.

Which may also be why the US is throwing its monkey wrench with an enlarged foreign infrastructure development fund to counteract the BRI/OBOR that underpins Mackinder's Eurasian theme as a geographical pivot of history.

Which view would be reinforced with the reason why the US is tailgating China's natural cooperation with many Latin American countries as resources suppliers for the needs of China's industries.

All which now coming down to bilateral poison pills to blunt re-offshoring to third countries in order to try and save an increasingly problematic reshoring program.

Quo vadis, one and all?

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