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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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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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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.
XYZ
Well, we can't agree on everything.
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Truman ended the war and saved millions of lives by dropping the Bomb on Japan. It's hard to argue with those facts and, in my opinion, those facts stand up well against any sort of 20/20 hindsight revisionism produced at the safe remove of 70 years.
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As for Daioyu, yes, there is obviously a sovereignty dispute, just like there are in many inconsequential places around the world. It's messy. But it's not worth going to war over, for goodness sake.
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At least, that's my opinion. And I bet it's Mr. Xi's opinion, too.
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ianson
"safeguarding the achievements of the second world war as well as the post-war international order" says VP Wang proving yet again the Party's undeniable ability to spout high-sounding rhetoric in their cause. Pity it's so far from the truth, though. A key achievement of WWII was that the US came into the Pacific and crushed Japan, preventing it from making the entire Chinese nation a Japanese dependency - thanks, US - and the post-war international order includes the US decision, sanctioned by the UN, to observe Japan's claim over the barren Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. That's the achievement, that's the post-war order. If, Mr Wang, you have an honest bone in your body, adopt your own words and stop sabre-rattling.
lamlm38
Without the Yanks involved in WWII China would have lost more lives (millions more), yes.. but we would have won like Soviet Union did !! China is just too big even for the JPs to control..
Without the Chinese civil war the JP would not even attempt to control whole China either..
Ianson.. go get some fxxx education you fxxx white trash11!
clc2
It is difficult to conclude anything other than that the PLA, which must have chosen the winner in the last CCP leadership contest, is spoiling for a fight.
They may get their wish.
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WW2- Russians, Pacific- USA.
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Truman screwed up bigtime in crime against humanity by dropping the A-bombs so they thought Japanese should get a little more, but the decisions to give the other islands not belonging to Japan, to Japan was plain wrong. They also wanted to 'undo', how righteous of them ehh?, something for losing 'KMT China' to CCP China, i.e. they backed the wrong horse and clearly on the wrong side of history. TSO Cairo and Potsdam were not signed by USA alone, so they are well advised they do not have the unilateral rights to reinterpret them again as they wish, and deem that as 'order', whatever they did do in the Pacific war.
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The minerals under the water comes with the land on top of the water as defined in UNCLOS. Historically China already claimed and named Diaoyus, Spratlys and the Paracels before anybody else did or when UN was set up, that nobody objected to, just check the documentations. Then apply the UNCLOS seabeds demarcations and bobs-your-uncles you know those mineral rights belong to whom. Yes, China!
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No, it's actually the complete opposite. XYZ your posts elsewhere seem intelligent but this one ...you are well...very dubious. Shall look forward to a more informed view from you!
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lamlm38
go read up the history more XYZ!!! after major clashes in Shanghai and Wuhan the JPs decided they could not control China.. that was why they only concentrated on coastal cities.. Meantime China tight up almost 1 million JP military personnel in Chinese theater alone which would have been used in the Pacific!!! believe what you want but those are facts!!!
XYZ
Go Fierce Dragon!

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