Wed, September 26, 2012
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China and South Korea huddled against Japan?

2012-09-26 05:23:24 GMT2012-09-26 13:23:24(Beijing Time)

By Yuan Yue,Sina English

The illusion of “Beijing-Seoul forging a united front against Japan” is fraying the nerves of the Japanese politicians and media, in a time when Tokyo is torn in disputes both with China and South Korea.

The logic might go like this: Enemy’s enemy is friend.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun held consultations regarding the Diaoyu Islands in Beijing on Tuesday with the visiting Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Chikao Kawai, who is the highest-ranking Japanese official to visit China since the Japan's "nationalization" enraged the Chinese government. The majority of Japanese media, however, describe the consultation as "futile".

Yonhap reports that Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met his South Korean counterpart Kim Sung-Hwan on September 24 in the UN headquarters in New York, a day before the 67th UN General Assembly, and exchanged views over the Korean Peninsula situation and the historical problems concerning Northeast Asia.

The two ministers "arrived at a consensus about bringing related countries to establish correct conception of history, and about maintaining order in northeast Asia," report says.

This is indicating South Korea and China's suggestion that if Japan were to lay inappropriate claims in the UN General Assembly based on incorrect historical perspective, the two countries may join efforts in opposition to it, the report interprets.

Meanwhile, TV Asahi Japan alleged on September 25, with huge anxiety, that "the Foreign Ministers in China and South Korea have agreed to stand up against Japan. They are planning to combine the territorial disputes with historical issues, and to ratchet up pressure on Tokyo together."

Report from Korea Tourism Organization, said on Tuesday that a cruise ship carrying 3,000 Chinese visitors departing from the port of Tianjin has cancelled its trip to Japan, stopped at Cheji and Busan instead. "South Korea is benefiting from the China-Japan dispute indirectly," goes the report.

Besides, Japan Ground Self Defense Force said also on Tuesday that China and South Korea were absent at an international conference that it hosts for Asia-Pacific countries the same day. China was at the conference last year and the year before that. The tough stance China is adopting also rattles Japanese media.

As was reported by the editorial of Asahi Shimbun on September 25th: The hardball China now plays have already affected economy, culture, and sports. The article further suggests that the two countries should not stop communication at this crucial moment of Sino-Japan relation, which marks the 40th anniversary since its normalization.

"The relationship between the two countries may be suffering from complicated political problems," the editorial remarks, "but it is supported by an economic exchange that values US$ 34.5bln each year and constant personnel exchanges. China should not waste the effort achieved by their elder generations."

Another editorial, from Tokyo Shimbun, also commented on Tuesday that China's move to cancel the 40th -anniversary celebration is actually putting pressure on the Japanese government. Tokyo, for that matter, should come to realize China's "real intention"; and therefore, seize each and every opportunity to resume dialogue with Beijing.



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