Japan poses security threat to China and rest of Asia, warn experts
- POSTED: 10 Jan 2014 19:22
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Chinese experts have warned that Japan poses a security threat to China and the rest of Asia. The issue was raised on Friday at a press briefing on Sino-Japan relations at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
BEIJING: Chinese experts have warned that Japan poses a security threat to China and the rest of Asia.
The issue was raised on Friday at a press briefing on Sino-Japan relations at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ties between China and Japan remain very tense.
China is worried about what it sees as a revival of Japanese militarism with developments in Japan, such as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, the launch of its own National Security Council with highly centralised power, and the passing of the state secrecy protection bill, reinforcing China's suspicions of its neighbour's military ambitions.
Chinese analysts warned if Japan continues hyping up the China threat under the pressure of its right-wing forces, the risk of a military conflict is high.
Meanwhile, the prospect of a meeting between the top leaders of both countries appears bleak.
The view among analysts in Beijing is that, unless the Abe administration changes its stance on key issues, the holding of such talks will remain near impossible.
The Chinese government's conditions, before high-level talks can take place, remain unchanged.
It wants Abe and his administration to reflect upon Japan's wartime history of aggression. And with regard to the Diaoyu or Senkaku islands, it wants Japan to admit the presence of a dispute there.
But in the meantime, analysts said diplomatic channels remain open, and the respective embassies in Tokyo and Beijing could be a bridge in communications.
Qu Xing, president of the China Institute of International Studies, said: "If Japan truly wants to resolve the issue, it can do so through communications between the embassies and foreign ministries of both countries.
“The key is whether or not it wants to resolve the problem though talks with China, not to come here to explain why he should visit the Yasukuni shrine, or why "Class A" war criminals are enshrined there, but to discuss how we can manage the situation on the Diaoyu island, as well as how both sides can compromise to find a long-term solution. In this regard, China's door is always open."