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The relationship between the two largest economies in Asia has been marred throughout the 20th century due to territorial and political disputes including Taiwanese sovereignty; the invasion of China by Japan in the second world war and Japan’s subsequent refusal to acknowledge the extent of its war crimes; territorial disputes surrounding the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands and associated fishing rights and energy resources; and Japanese-American security co-operation.   

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Vice-Premier Wang Yang hands warning to Japan during meeting with Tokyo governor

Wang Yang criticises PM Abe during meeting with first Tokyo governor to visit Beijing for 18 years

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 April, 2014, 6:39am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 April, 2014, 8:50am

Vice-Premier Wang Yang lashed out at Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a meeting with his emissary yesterday and warned that Beijing was capable of responding to any provocation.

But Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe said his landmark trip to Beijing succeeded in conveying Abe's goodwill message to improve bilateral ties.

Wang criticised Abe's government and expressed dissatisfaction with the prime minister's visit to the Yasukuni Shrine during a meeting with Masuzoe yesterday, according to reports by Xinhua and Kyodo.

Abe supported Masuzoe in Tokyo's election for governor in February.

"Wang told [Masuzoe] that China was capable of coping with any provocations and safeguarding the achievements of the second world war as well as the post-war international order," Xinhua said.

Masuzoe was also told that Japanese politicians should avoid hindering bilateral ties.

Former state councillor Tang Jiaxuan levelled similar criticisms during his meeting with Masuzoe on Friday.

Beijing has repeatedly spurned Abe's requests for a summit with China's leaders, but Wang said yesterday that local-level exchanges would be encouraged to improve ties.

Masuzoe, 65, was invited to the capital for a three-day visit by his Beijing counterpart, Mayor Wang Anshun .

Masuzoe's landmark visit, the first by a Tokyo governor in 18 years, follows a string of events that have added tension to badly strained bilateral relations.

The governor's visit came five days after Abe made an offering at the Yasukuni Shrine, where 14 Class-A Japanese war criminals are honoured. More than 100 Japanese lawmakers also visited the shrine recently.

On Wednesday, Barack Obama became the first US president to say that the Diaoyu Islands, known as the Senkakus in Japan, were covered by a 1960 security treaty between Washington and Tokyo.

The remark about the East China Sea islands, which are at the centre of a long-running territorial dispute, drew criticism from Beijing. On Friday, Beijing's ambassador to the US, Cui Tiankai , accused Washington of "taking the wrong side".

"The US-Japan alliance should not affect the interests of a third country," Cui said at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. "Is it really up to date? Or is it appropriate for the challenges of the 21st century? I don't think such [an] alliance will help us."

Masuzoe said he did not discuss the US-Japan security treaty with Wang. "In my meetings with Chinese leaders, I said that Prime Minister Abe totally supported my visit and that he hoped Sino-Japan relations could take a turn for the better," he said yesterday.

"If this can help just a little to dispel some misunderstandings … then this will be the best thing about my visit."

Additional reporting by Reuters

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hlcheng@me.com
Yeah, I can see Japan is scared sh..less!
m2leung
Honestly, who gives a **** about what happened in WW2. The Diaoyu, Spratly and Paracel are China's territory because we say so. The new world order has China at the top and everyone else at the bottom. This is they way our leaders and population should perceive this world. China will use its diplomatic, economic and eventually (military) leverage over other nations. If we start a WW3, it ain't matter because the world as it is down is dominated by a race that is not ethnic Chinese, which is unacceptable.
hongkiejj@malaysiaboleh
Absolutely correct...
Who gives a beep about japan failure to accept their atrocities ..
who gives a beep about japan whitewashing about sex slaves ....
Who gives a beep about NSA spying ...
Who gives a beep about America double standard
Who gives a beep about your rubbish about who gives a beep ...
Ppl dat does not gives a **** about history deserve **** ...
sjfore
Troll alert. I hope.
lamlm38
bravo!!! now that's someone talking!!!
zvichadashote
Maybe the solution is that neither China or Japan have soverignty on these uninhabited islands and the minerals underthem (if they really exist), belong to the United Nations who would hire workers from the poorer countries who border the ocean and use the profits to better the lives of the people in those poorer countries. Otherwise we risk an eventual confrontation between 2 paper tigers who really have no interest to fight each other.
How About
Right on Mr. Wang, and make sure tonight before Masuzoe knocks himself out on Moutai, he declares Abe will be a good boy till his term finishes!
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To ianson "safeguarding the achievements of the second world war as well as the post-war international order" could have equally and more likely meant the Treaty of San Francisco and the Potsdam Declaration i.e. the Japanese Constitution and the peace. FYI the Japanese only got the islands they originally have resided on before their imperialistic ambition started namely : Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu. They have no documentation historical or otherwise to back up their claims on the Daioyus.
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XYZ
Who won the war? The Americans.
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They exercised their post-war responsibilities and returned the islands to Japanese administration, as they had been before the war began. It was a reasonable decision.
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Now China wants to get its hands on the minerals that may lie beneath the nearby waters and stoke up nationalistic fervour.
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If China wants to go to war over these specks of rocks in the middle of nowhere, go ahead. If it does so, and thereby challenges U.S. military power in the Pacific, it will be making the same ruinous strategic blunder that Japan made in the1940s.
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I don't think President Xi is a stupid person. He would never knowingly and willingly risk the existence of the CCP itself by embarking upon such a suicide mission over these puny uninhabitable islands.
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Everything else is just hot air.
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lamlm38
A war with the JPs would improve CCP's approval rating for sure.. Chinese ppl just hate those motherfxxxers!!!
XYZ
Yes, the CCP's approval rating would soar initially. However, after their military defeat or, indeed, even after a mere prolonged conflict with either Japan or Taiwan, the CCP would be attacked openly and mercilessly by the Chinese people and would be swept from power with ease. Mr. Xi, like his predecessors, knows this well and he is not so foolish as to knowingly embark upon such a course.

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