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why didn't Japan ask the US to disarm nuclear power? china never attacked Japan and will invade any country, but on the contrary, Japan is the country with a history to invade other Asian countries especially China. it should be China to require Japan to use less army power.|
A high-profile push by Japan's new ruling Democratic party to forge closer ties with China has failed to prevent rising diplomatic friction between the two Asian powers over nuclear disarmament and naval operations in the seas that divide them.
In a strikingly direct personal criticism, China at the weekend denounced Katsuya Okada, Japan's foreign minister, for making “irresponsible” remarks about Beijing's nuclear deterrent policy during a meeting with Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi.
The same meeting also involved a robust exchange of views on a series of incidents involving vessels of the Chinese People's Liberation Army navy and Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force that have prompted public diplomatic complaints from both sides in recent weeks.
While far from marking a return to the political chill that enveloped Sino-Japanese ties for much of the past decade, the frictions highlight the difficulties facing efforts by the DPJ, which swept to power in Japan in last year's historic general election, to establish a more constructive relationship with its most important near neighbour.
Yukio Hatoyama has pledged to work to build an “East Asian community” with China and other nations in the region, although Beijing's response to the initiative has so far been unenthusiastic.
Indeed, recent frictions with Beijing could ease concerns among some in Washington that Japan's 50-year-old alliance with the US might be a casualty of DPJ efforts to snuggle up to the region's new rising power.
Mr Okada has repeatedly dismissed such talk, telling the Financial Times last month that China's growing power made it essential to “further strengthen” the alliance.
But Mr Okada's call for China to join in international moves toward nuclear disarmament could cast a shadow on the planned visit to Tokyo by Wen Jiabao, Chinese premier, following a three-way summit with South Korea later this month.
China's foreign ministry on Sunday said Mr Okada had accused Beijing of failing to fulfil its commitment to nuclear disarmament but that Mr Yang had rebutted his “irresponsible remarks on the spot”.
A person familiar with the content of the meeting said the exchange on the topic was “pretty severe”, with Mr Yang questioning Japan's right to challenge it on the topic given Tokyo's dependence on the huge US nuclear “umbrella” for its own security.
The strength of Mr Yang's reaction may reflect anxiety in the Chinese government that recent US and Russian high-profile willingness to reduce their nuclear arsenals could subject it to pressure that would undermine its ability to maintain a deterrent.
Nuclear arms experts believe that Beijing will not feel safe enough to start considering cutting its own strategic forces until the US and Russia have cut their arsenal to 500 warheads or less. China also feels that its nuclear strategy is being undermined by missile defence systems under development.