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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Economy comes first in Obama-Abe meeting

    Posted Feb 27th 2013, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... minister from 2006-2007, is again Japan's leader. Abe is determined to revive the economy. Speaking at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC, Abe said that not only was he personally back as prime minister, but "Japan is back!" "I will bring back a strong Japan, strong enough to do even more good for the betterment of the world," ...

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    Taiwan can play peacemaker in South China Sea disputes

    Posted May 20th 2014, 06:41pm by Frank Ching

    ... development". In practice, of course, it is difficult to square that position with recent events. China and Japan agreed in 2008 to jointly develop natural gas deposits in the East China Sea but nothing ...

  3. Dialogue of the deaf

    Posted Mar 01st 2006, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... He met Premier Wen Jiabao, State Councillor Tang Jiaxuan, and Commerce Minister Bo Xilai. Also in Beijing was a delegation from Japan's ruling coalition, the Liberal Democratic and Komei ... the position that differences over history should be ironed out by Japan and China without American involvement. But now the United States, which wields great influence in Tokyo, apparently fears Japan ...

  4. Japan's post-war amnesia

    Posted Aug 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... my heart' and 'condolences to all the victims of the last major war'. However, much of the statement was puzzling and appeared not to depict Japan as an aggressor. Thus, the Japanese leader said that 'the peace and prosperity' enjoyed now by Japan 'was achieved on the noble sacrifices of many who lost their lives against their will in the war'. ...

  5. Looking beyond Koizumi

    Posted Aug 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... to see whether the bilateral relationship could be repaired after he is replaced- most probably by Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe- next month. While making sure that Japan understood ... of the Koizumi visit to the shrine, a symbol of Japan's past militarism, where 2.5 million war dead are enshrined, including 14 Class-A war criminals from the second world war. Only a small group ...

  6. Stick your neck out, America

    Posted May 31st 2006, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching International statesmen and politicians are beginning to voice concern as China continues to boycott meetings with Japan's leader- because of his repeated visits ... to the shrine is interpreted by many people as being a gesture of not accepting that Japan did wrong during the war,' he said shortly before a visit to Japan. Henry Hyde, chairman of the House ...

  7. The ball's in your court, Beijing

    Posted Jun 28th 2006, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching There are encouraging signs that both China and Japan are looking for ways to ease their prolonged deadlock. Better relations are an essential prerequisite to any strengthening of East Asian regional integration and the eventual emergence of a regional community. The most visible sign of a thaw is the resumption of Japan's loans to China. Tokyo is offering US$660 ...

  8. Sorry seems to be the hardest word

    Posted Apr 20th 2005, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... in disputed waters in the East China Sea. Now, Japan has begun allocating gas exploration rights in an area also claimed by China. The Sino-Japanese relationship is peculiar in that trade has grown dramatically, with China overtaking the US last year as Japan's biggest partner. However, on the political front, the situation has deteriorated. Because of Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro ...

  9. Guilty until proven innocent?

    Posted Mar 15th 2006, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching After widely publicised cases of innocent people being found guilty by the mainland's legal system, steps will be taken to ensure that such miscarriages of justice do not happen again, top judicial officials have told the National People& ...

  10. Leave history to the experts

    Posted Apr 26th 2005, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching The apology by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi for Japan's wartime actions, followed by the meeting with President Hu Jintao, hopefully mark a turning point in relations between the region's two most important countries. The immediate reaction of many Chinese was that the apology was not sincere, that it should be put in writing, that Japan should do ...




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