US-India-Japan trilateral meet to contain China?

2012-10-29 01:04:05 GMT2012-10-29 09:04:05(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

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The third India-U.S.-Japan trilateral discussions will be held in New Delhi on Monday. The U.S.' 'pivot-to-Asia' policy, Iran, China-Japan maritime dispute and South China Sea will be among the issues to be discussed during the 3rd round of India-US-Japan Trilateral dialogue apart from finding areas of cooperation between the three countries.

According to official sources, the U.S .is expected to brief about its much-talked about policy of 'pivot to Asia', an American move driven by the allure of emerging Asian economies, especially China and India. Another reason includes the draw-down of U.S. forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan, which enables the US military to concentrate more resources on the Asia-Pacific. The U.S. is also expected to talk about Iran's contentious nuclear program.

The three sides will also explore the possibilities of cooperation in various strategic areas, including piracy and safety of sea lanes in Asia Pacific amidst ‘increasing Chinese influence’ in the region.

Japan will be briefing about its maritime dispute with China. Discussion on the increasing Chinese presence in South China Sea is also expected to figure during the trilateral, sources said.

The Japanese delegation will be led by deputy vice-minister of foreign affairs Kenji Hiramatsu, the U.S. delegation by assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia Robert Blake and the Indian delegation by joint secretary (East Asia) Gautam Bambawale.

The three countries began trilateral talks with a four-hour meeting in Washington in December 2011 and followed it up with another one earlier this year in Tokyo.

As the U.S. trilateral team chief, Robert Blake’s boss, William Burns put it on Friday in a different context, the engagements would help “keep a very careful eye on less promising trends across the region, and the revival of old animosities that can quickly undermine the promise of economic interdependence and easy assumptions about shared prosperity. Recent frictions in both the East China Sea and the South China Sea are a sobering reminder of how fast nationalism and maximalism can rear their heads.’’

For Japan, it would be taken as yet another “golden chance” to rally support from other countries for its territorial ambition in the backdrop of a slumbering economy and shrinking public confidence in the government; and at the time, the last straw for Tokyo to clutch at is none other than a call to “seize land and plunder resources”, which is a mirror image of what happened more than half a century ago.

Japan advisable not to owe new debt to the world peace

By Yuan yue, Sina English

With the escalation of the Diaoyu Islands row, we have seen four Chinese maritime surveillance vessels enter the 12-nautical-mile band around the Diaoyu Islands last week. For that, the Japanese Vice Foreign Minister "strongly protested to the Chinese ambassador"-- which, however, was rebutted by the Chinese embassy.

China used to "tolerate" Japan's access into the disputed waters in the past, downplaying the impact caused by Japanese entry. However, with the increasingly provocative and frequent moves from the Japanese side-- and all the way to its illegal "island purchase"-- Beijing is left with no alternative but to take counter measures to halt the blatant aggression.

As expected, it turns out that both Chinese and Japanese vessels appear in the disputed waters. And China turning a cold shoulder to Japan’s “protests” have further showcased China's unyielding resolve to safeguard its territorial sovereignty.

Last Thursday, Shintaro Ishihara, Tokyo's right-wing governor, announced that he will return to national politics by launching a new party and becoming its leader. In the light of this, the island "purchase" obviously serves to build momentum for his own political goal, as in Japan, the will of the people cannot be reflected immediately in the election, and the single-seat constituencies, under certain circumstances, can only reflect the will of a happy few.

For his own benefit, Shintaro Ishihara has made a fuss about the Diaoyu Islands issue. We don't know where the situation would be heading, but for now at least, Japan is destined to lose. The Diaoyu waters used to be under the "de facto control" of Japan, but now with the ins and outs of Chinese vessels, Japan's free access would surely be hampered. Full story

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