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Beijing accuses Shinzo Abe of using tensions as pretext for changing military policy

Chinese official says premier sees territorial dispute as way to amend Japan's security policy

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 May, 2014, 11:29pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 31 May, 2014, 7:59am
 

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A senior Chinese official yesterday accused Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of exploiting the territorial dispute in the East China Sea to amend the country's security policy.

In an apparent attempt to pre-empt Abe's own speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue, former deputy foreign minister Fu Ying told a special panel on the sidelines of the annual forum in Singapore that Abe's denial of Japan's history would intensify concerns at the direction in which he was taking the country.

"My observation is that after he came to office he didn't show interest addressing the Diaoyu Islands dispute. Instead he has made it into a bigger issue - that is, China as a country is posing a threat to Japan as a country," said Fu, now chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People's Congress.

"He has made such a myth. And with that as an excuse, he is amending the security policy of Japan. That's worrying for the region and for China."

The Diaoyu Islands are claimed by mainland China, Taiwan and Japan, which calls them the Senkaku Islands.

Fu's comments were widely seen as a response to Abe's call during the forum, which brings together senior defence officials across the region, for a greater regional security role for Japan.

Fu was speaking ahead of Abe's keynote speech at a special debate on the forum's sidelines. Her fellow panellists included US Senator Ben Cardin, Singapore ambassador-at-large Tommy Koh and Indian politician Tarun Vijay.

She also suggested that America's involvement in recent tensions between China and Vietnam over the South China Sea was unnecessary.

After Cardin raised the issue of China's unilateral move to position a giant oil rig in disputed waters off Vietnam's coast, Fu said Beijing and Hanoi would resolve the dispute bilaterally.

"I don't think Ben can go there and solve the problem for us," she said.

With tensions over maritime disputes between China and its neighbours continuing, discussions at the three-day forum are expected to be focused on Beijing's increasingly assertive approach in the region.

Beijing said it would promote its own security theory in Asia at the forum. The Chinese delegation was headed by Lieutenant General Wang Guanzhong , deputy chief of the general staff of the People's Liberation Army, foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.

 

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XYZ
China is entitled to express its concern regarding Japan's military plans and policies. Japan is equally entitled to pursue its own security interests as it sees fit. Japan doesn't owe China a thing.
How About
That's a perfectly good position as long as the next words out of Japan or the West, isn't finger-pointing to say China's second hand aircraft carrier is a rising military threat, when 1/3 of the Seven Fleet have been parked at Okinawa for the past 69 years. Twice in that 69 years China were threatened by USA with atomic bombs which was never recorded by western media clearly.
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Respect the legacies before USA was here, respect the histories USA helped made and forthwith ratify some of the codifications USA wants the world to comply with, lead by (good) example BHO left out the "good", we might just take it from there...
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How About
These are all Japanese Class AA criminals, they were the ancestors of many of the Japanese cabinet ministers their names shall be removed from the Shrine.
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東条英機、 征四郎板垣、 平太郎木村 、土肥原 賢二、 明武藤、 日立工機広田、 梅津美治郎、 邦明小磯、 喜一郎平沼、 俊夫白鳥、 茂徳トーゴ、 修身長野、 松岡洋右 犯罪者すべて第二次世界大戦だった、彼らはバヨネットと赤ちゃんを殺したが、彼らの行為の悪は永遠に悔い改めなければなりません危うく女性はTINHコマンドと日本のそれらの下で、それらのすべてを性奴隷に保たレイプ。彼らの名前は靖国神社、日本の全部又は危険永遠の苦しみのレジスタに保持されてはならない。
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53895a87-5f10-45af-95ea-67c80a3209cb
Chinese seeing weakness from our vacillating response in Syria and Ukraine are testing our Asian foreign policy. Unfortunately for the Chinese, we like the rest of the world have very strong strategic reasons to protect the SCS. The SCS are major shipping lanes of commerce for a variety of countries, not just ours. Several allies, Australia, India, Japan, Phillipines, etc use the corridor to facilitate trade daily. The Chinese greed are upsetting the peace that has existed in this region for decades by foolishly claiming 90% of the SCS without any legal basis. If their irresponsible provocations remain unchecked, will soon draw SE Asia into an unnecessary armed conflict.
Chinese=reckless
steve.laudig
Make a list of the number of countries that have been invaded by the following countries [include colonial wars] in the last 200 years and then ask yourself, which country is most warlike:
UK; US; France Germany; Japan; Israel; China; Canada.
mrlcooper
You make a very good point. China, since it stabilised its borders, has spent most of its efforts and capital on oppressing its own people, leaving it little room to get overseas and oppress others. This will continue - the CCP spends its cash on locking up dissidents and doesn't have enough left for aircraft carriers.
Formerly ******
Canadians. They practically own Miami. Plus, they seem to be on every US golf course. Yes, soon all Americans will be speaking Candianese.
加拿大人。他們實際上是邁阿密。再加上,他們似乎對每個美國高爾夫球場。是的很快所有的美國人將會說 Candianese。
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And another list for countries who were in the world wars, and one last list for countries who were in these wars, that have received any reparation from others.
ennoun
With the constant build up of China's military, why is it a surprise that other countries in the region are concerned and taking appropriate action to strengthen their position. China continues to act like a bully, thereby becoming more and more isolated.
globenet
How can anyone trust the Japanese?
THey are just not trustworthy....moreover the **** are totally under US control...

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