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Post time 2013-9-18 21:59:37 |Display all floors
There is no month like September that witnessed so many major events on the bumpy road of China-Japan relations.

A recent editorial carried by Japan's Asahi Shimbun asked China to "be aware of the foolishness" of dredging up "nationalistic sentiments over history-related issues."



Asking Chinese people to let it go at such a time just doesn't ring the bell, while it will be a wise choice if Japan sends out more positive messages on a tacit understanding.

A walk down the memory lane should serve as a reminder that China and Japan cannot discuss the current strained bilateral relations without mentioning history.

Sept. 18, 1931 marks the beginning of 14-year Japanese invasion in China. Sept. 3, 1945 is commemorated as the Victory Day of Anti-Japanese War. The Japanese government played a farce of nationalizing the Diaoyu Islands, China's territory, by purchasing them on Sept. 11, 2012. And the two countries established diplomatic relations on Sept. 29, 1972.

While China maintains a clear-cut stance on history-related issues, the Japanese government's provoking remarks and attitudes toward history only left tension simmering in the mutual distrust, giving way easily to rivalry and hostility.

Meanwhile, the soured diplomatic relations could have taken a toll on the economic cooperation as more Chinese shun Japanese-brand products following the "Diaoyu purchase."

Data from Japan External Trade Organization shows Japanese exports to China dropped by 16.7 percent in the first six months of 2013, compared with a decline of 14.8 percent in the second half of 2012, the lowest level in four years. China's position as Japan's largest export market has also been replaced for the first time in five years.



China and Japan share great economic cooperation potential. To explore it, sincere negotiations are needed due to the current situation in bilateral political and economic cooperation.

China understands that it will take time to resolve history-related issues and is not in a hurry to find a solution overnight. When China and Japan established diplomatic relations in 1972, leaders of the two countries chose to balance their disputes, including the Diaoyu Islands, to focus on cooperation.

The two countries used to maintain tranquility over the disputed islands for many years until the balance was broken by Tokyo's provocative decision last September.

The brief exchange of words between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Russia earlier this month shows Beijing's willingness to bring the bilateral relations back on the right track. As Japan has been proposing bilateral dialogues with China, it is time for the country to send out sincere messages.


Source: Xinhua

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Post time 2013-9-19 12:14:12 |Display all floors
This post was edited by abramicus at 2013-9-19 12:22

In all the bilateral relationships that have existed between China and Japan, Japan has played the consistent role of an aggressor and invader.  This behavior has not changed.  It is not up to China to change its attitude toward Japan that is based on solid historical and contemporaneous facts of Japanese aggression.

It is up to Japan to not just pay lip service to being remorseful for its past actions, but to prove it by its present day behavior.

The first step Japan needs to do is affirm the Cairo Declaration and withdraw from Diaoyudao instantly.  Of course, it will not do so.  And neither should China back down, for after all, backing down for Japan is merely to acknowledge a draw, and for China, it is to admit defeat.

Autumn is here again.  This is the traditional time in Chinese history to settle old accounts.  One of the oldest accounts needing settlement is that of Japan's.  If not this autumn, then at the latest, the next.  No more appeasement of the Asian Nazi's.

And by the way, the PBOC should stop financing the Second Meiji Restoration by its indefensible overvaluation of the Yuan which transfers billions of dollars from the foreign exchange reserve of China to Japan every year, with zero benefit to China, and every form of insult and injury to the private manufacturing sector of China that is the goose that lays all of China's golden eggs!


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Post time 2013-10-21 17:08:07 |Display all floors
Japan is a country who is aggressive and irrespectable to China through some issues between it and China. What Chinese should do is to be familiar with its strategy, government,culture and military as much as possible. only know about your enemy can you beat him exactly

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abramicus Post time: 2013-9-19 12:14
In all the bilateral relationships that have existed between China and Japan, Japan has played the c ...

Japan is a country who is aggressive and irrespectable to China through some issues between it and China. What Chinese should do is to be familiar with its strategy, government,culture and military as much as possible. only know about your enemy can you beat him exactly

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Post time 2013-10-21 17:09:02 |Display all floors
seneca Post time: 2013-9-18 22:41
Neither side is very sincere.

Japan is a country who is aggressive and irrespectable to China through some issues between it and China. What Chinese should do is to be familiar with its strategy, government,culture and military as much as possible. only know about your enemy can you beat him exactly

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Post time 2013-10-23 15:14:55 |Display all floors
China has once again been corrupted by Japan ala Li Hongzhang-style.  A Third Sino-Japanese War is likely to lead to a Second Treaty of Shimonoseki, under current circumstances.  By not competitively devaluing the Yuan, China is in effect paying Japan hundreds of billions of dollars from its currency reserve with nothing to show in return.

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