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New Japanese leaders should rethink relations with China

http://english.hebei.com.cn  2012-12-20 11:22

  The 46th House of Representatives was elected in Japan at 2:40 p.m. local time, except for a few seats in legislative assembly.

  It has no much difference with the previous polls that the Liberal Democratic Party occupies 293 seats in the House of Representatives and is about to take office.

  There are two choices in Japan’s policies on China all the time, namely either "head-to-head" or "face-to-face." In order to win ever-declining support rate, the leaders of the Democratic Party including Yoshihiko Noda chose to play hardball with China, freezing the China-Japan relations at the 40th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral diplomatic relations, and were thrown out by Japanese public.

  Frankly, China is worried about the Liberal Democratic Party's taking power and stays vigilant against the hardline speeches made by the hawkish politicians of Liberal Democratic Party, even though the "practical actions" are sometimes different from the "campaign words" according to Western political science. In fact, the Liberal Democratic Party had paid the price because of the hardline policy on China during the reign of Junichiro Koizumi and also witnessed painful lessons learned by the Democratic Party after being thrown out of power. Will Shinzo Abe learn the lesson after coming to power again?

  2013 is the 35th anniversary of "China-Japan Peace and Friendship Treaty." Thirty-five years ago, Shinzo Abe's father Shintaro Abe had served as the Chief Cabinet Secretary when Takeo Fukuda was in office and put great efforts on the signing of "China-Japan Peace and Friendship Treaty," one of four political documents in China-Japan relations. When serving as the foreign minister in the Yasuhiro Nakasone's cabinet, Shintaro Abe had positively promoted Japan's government loans (ODA) to China and showed his respect for Deng Xiaoping, the chief architect of China's Reform and Opening up. Generally speaking, Japanese politicians think "A son should continue his father's ambition." Therefore, we do not believe that Shinzo Abe will be "un-filial" after returning to power.

  In addition, Shinzo Abe put the economic problems first in the election, declaring that he will try his best to save the ever-falling domestic economy after returning to power. According to the tankan survey result of domestic enterprises announced by the central bank of Japan in December, the business climate index of large manufacturing enterprises is negative 12, deteriorating for two consecutive quarters. It is directly related to the deterioration of China-Japan relations, Japanese media pointed out. Therefore, we have reason to believe that Shinzo Abe will make efforts to repair the China-Japan relations even if it is for Japan’s own good.

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