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US should look to history to weigh up real value of Japanese alliance

Global Times | 2014-1-19 21:07:21
By Clifford A. Kiracofe

US lawmakers and experts at Congress said in a Tuesday hearing that Washington must not tolerate China's "military coercion" in pursuit of territorial claims in the South and East China Seas, as well as the research and development of sophisticated weapons. They warned Congress that China is challenging US interests in these regions, and called for a tough stance against it.

China always insists on prudence and constraint when dealing with neighboring countries in terms of territorial disputes. Although Chinese military strength is developing fast, there is still a huge gap between China and the US in this respect. However, Uncle Sam already feels insecure about China's rise. Such paranoia is too sensitive.


China's conflicts with its neighbors over territorial claims are not free from constraints. They are impacted by the regional environment, in which every country wants to address these conflicts in a peaceful way instead of by going to war.

Being hyped up by media and public opinion, the situations in East and Southeast Asia are not exactly what we see.

However, external involvement might provoke tensions in this area, and the most likely meddler would be Uncle Sam. Washington usually sees the two-way conflicts between China and its neighbors as one-way assertiveness from China on other countries. It also believes this is how China shows its strength to play the prelude to challenge Washington's global hegemony. US' interference into the regional issues in South and East China Seas takes the risk of triggering an all-out confrontation with China.

As the most powerful country in East and Southeast Asia, China still values development the most, unwilling to be fettered by some maritime disputes. However, China's desire for development is distorted by the US, which is resorting to every possible means to contain China.

China has a firm and legitimate stance on protecting its territorial integrity, but calls for restraint in addressing any territorial conflicts.
In the meantime, it will keep developing its military strength, which is the safeguard for development.

Without strong defense ability, China feels insecure. However, China's growing military strength will also make the US uncomfortable.

The only way to free both nations from the dilemma is to create a new path to a strategic mutual trust through deep cooperation. This idea is shared by Chinese and some in the US. However, there are others in the US who are advocating the outdated way of going against China.

China will keep its pace in self-improvement and make efforts to reduce the strategic distrust with the US. However, with the gap between both countries narrowing, the US, a politically diverse country, will generate more concerns and resistance, even extreme views toward China. How to remove them will be an unprecedented challenge for Washington.



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That China wants to steal but scared of the US cop?



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magnetic1974 Post time: 2014-1-21 17:08
No US isn't cop they steal if they can look how they stolen  the land from Indian and Hawaiian and  ...

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Some good US advice for Japan

By Judith North ( China Daily )Updated: 2014-01-28 02:59:35
  The US House of Representatives followed by the US Senate recently passed an expenditure bill containing a reference to House of Representatives Resolution121 (or H.Res 121), which President Barack Obama subsequently signed into law.Put simply, H.Res 121 urges the Japanese government to address the issue of"comfort women" — more than 200,000 women of Korean, Chinese and other nationalities who were forced into sex slavery by the Japanese imperial forcesbefore and during World War II. More specifically, H.Res 121 urges the Japanese government to "formally acknowledge, apologize and accept historical responsibility in a clear and unequivocal manner" for this wartime atrocity. It also exhorts Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to "apologize in a public statement", and the Japanese leadership "to refute claims denying the existence and purpose of the system as well as to educate current and future generations about this horrible wartime crime".This means US Congress is asking the US leadership, particularly the US State Department, to apply diplomatic pressure on Japan to address this and other historical issues more constructively. Although H.Res 121 is a non-binding document attached to the Consolidated Appropriations Act for the 2014 fiscal year,it is the first such to be included in a US Congress bill.Two major reasons might explain why US Congress decided to pass such legislation now. First, some Congress members and other US officials might be  alarmed by the views of some Japanese leaders on Japan's role in World War II.Second, Congress members might be worried over the actions of certain Japanese leaders, like Abe's visit to Yasukuni Shrine in December, which exacerbated tensions with Japan's neighbors. Following Abe's visit to Yasukuni, which honors 14 Class-A war criminals, the US embassy in Tokyo, in an unprecedented move, issued a formal statement declaring: "The United States is disappointed that Japan's leadership has taken anaction that will exacerbate tensions with Japan's neighbors."  There is thus a possibility that more US lawmakers and officials might adopt at times a tough stance against Japanese leaders whose actions and statements threaten regionalstability.There is an additional factor that possibly explains why US Congress passedH.Res 121. Since the presidency of Richard Nixon, some US leaders have been pressuring Japan to strengthen its defense forces within the context of the US-Japan Security Treaty, which aims, for the most part, to restrain Japanese leaderships from pursuing an independent defense policy or nationalistic ambitions. In Abe-led Japan, a trend to slowly swing back to nationalism and a long-term nationalistic policy seems to be emerging. It is possible that such a policy might reject international pacifism but not include a move toward nationalist militarism. At the same time, the Japanese leadership seems to be probing quasi-independent foreign and defense policies, such as the Japan-Russia 2+2 arrangement, without calling for an altogether autonomous stance that is delinked from the US. This combination — creeping nationalism and the search for semi-autonomous foreign and defense policies — could be worrying some US lawmakers because Washington wants Tokyo to become more engaged in international security and help maintain regional equilibrium within the context of the US-Japan alliance.True, H.Res 121 may create some minor strains in US-Japan relations. For instance, tensions could arise if US Congress pressures the US leadership, specifically the State Department, to confront the Japanese leadership over the sensitive issues of the past. Also, the US leaders could leverage H.Res 121 as are straint on the Japanese leaders' effort to swing back toward nationalistic policies.But the legislation will not cause a major change in US-Japan bilateral ties.

The US leadership will continue formulating and implementing a consistent policytoward Japan. Yet we could see some subtle shifts, including increased UScriticism of Japanese leaders' moves that exacerbate tensions, as exemplified bythe Washington's disapproval of Abe's Yakusuni visit. Hopefully, H.Res 121 is not merely a symbolic gesture but a concerted effort on the part of US lawmakers to exert pressure on the Japanese leadership to resolve the "comfort women" and other sensitive historical issues. If the Japanese leadership does that, it could prompt regional leaders to work toward establishing a framework of reconciliation and preempt what appears to be an emerging structural crisis in Asia.The author is a professor at China's Foreign Affairs University.


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There is no alternative to Japan as an East Asian ally. China can't fill the vacancy if Japan were ...
There is no alternative to Japan as an East Asian ally. China can't fill the vacancy if Japan were to be ousted.
The reality in this world is: No one person or country is indispensible in this real world!

在这个世界的现实是:
没有一个人或国家,是必不可少的在这个真实的世界!



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