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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
A war with the JPs would improve CCP's approval rating for sure.. Chinese ppl just hate those motherfxxxers!!!
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..
hlcheng@me.com
Yeah, I can see Japan is scared sh..less!
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 **** ...
lamlm38
bravo!!! now that's someone talking!!!
lamlm38
Remember China has few hundred million lives, few trillion dollars to spare and a gov which gives a rat's axx about world opinion!!! those are right cocktails for the JPs to mess about..
lamlm38
keep your useless opinions to yourself please!!
How About
"... Mr. Truman made the decision ..up to one million allied lives might have been lost in trying to conquer the Japanese ..." This is with 2020 a patent lie. 95%+ of all Japanese males in their prime were already in the battlefields so who would have inflicted that kind of mythical damage to the USA might? The Japanese military everywhere were decimated after Okinawa so when the first bomb dropped no one actually had the knew how bad it was [most Japanese reporters were busy filming the kamakaze pilots and the Nanking babies-bayoneting].
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So why the bombs rush? As the European WW2 was already over in May- the Americans being the last Johnny to join the allies were shocked to find how far they were behind, translating into the urgency to expedite closing of the Pacific War. Here this is the other faux pas USA had been trying to wriggle themselves out of for years, unsuccessfully.
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Not in anyway to diminish Truman, have a look at some old footage, and what Truman actually did in his time. I agree with you that Truman probably slept well the night he ordered the bombs-drop but only because he thought he was doing USA a favour (but no one else), CLEARLY not knowing that USA could have won using conventional warfare. And this can only be a 2020 hindsight conclusion!
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USA up to that very decision, had every moral prerogative, higher ground to claim theirs was a force of good.
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Sadly, thereafter nearly everything they did went the other way!
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lamlm38
you should throw away whatever history books you were reading.. and again.. plz keep your useless opinions to yourself!!!!

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