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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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lamlm38
“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.” that is such absurd statement..
What did the Yanks do? let war criminals ran Japan until today (Abe's ancestors were war criminals), let JP kept war time loots ($100 billion which amounts to $10 trillion in today's monies), let them keep territories robbed from it's neighbors..
XYZ
Even if one were to agree with your characterisations, which I do not, the decision to continue the Japanese administration of the Diaoyu/Senkakus, as was the case before the war, was a reasonable one. The absurdity lies in not recognising it as such. Despising the Japanese, for whatever reason, doesn't change that.
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!
XYZ
Japan was in firm control of all of the major industrial and population centres in China, Chungking excepted, working hand-in-glove with Wang Jingwei's Nanjing-based collaborationist government.
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Neither the KMT nor the Communists ever seriously challenged the Japanese grip on power in China. There is no evidence to suggest they ever would have done, either.
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If the Japanese hadn't foolishly challenged U.S. military power in the Pacific, they might have stayed in China for a very, very long time.
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
KMT and Communist attacks on the Japanese occupying forces were little more than irritating pinpricks that never seriously threatened the Japanese hold over China. The Japanese enjoyed almost complete security and freedom of movement in all the locations that mattered to them.
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Did the Chinese "tie up" the Japanese forces or is it more accurate to say that they acted as reluctant hosts while they waited for the Americans to defeat the Japanese for them? Collaboration was a way of life throughout China, including Hong Kong.
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Either way, it's not a performance to be proud of.
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lamlm38
you should throw away whatever history books you were reading.. and again.. plz keep your useless opinions to yourself!!!!
XYZ
Facts are stubborn things, aren't they, pal?
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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