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Abe, Xi agree to boost bilateral ties to mark friendship treaty anniversary

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Abe: "But, Xi, I hope you Don't mind we're still going to use you as an excuse for why we need to change Article 9 and bolster defense, Calling you an increased threat in Asia, and trying to isolate you. That okay? No? Can we be the exception please? Oh! And how'd you get your people to give you an unlimited term and power?"

Why should Japan ask ANY other foreign nation state if they can defend themselves by getting rid of elements in law that prevent them from doing so?

No permission should be sought for none is required.

Did China ask Japan if it go nuclear? if it could deploy the latest fighter jets? whether it could send its navy into or close to Japanese territorial waters? No? You have your answer.

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Why even invest in China anymore? we made them rich enough.

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It could be anything or nothing. My prediction is it will not happen in our life times. Lets not get ahead of ourselves over a visit or two.

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China never questioned Japan's right of self-defense. In fact, China strongly support Japan's right to be independent as a sovereign state. There is nothing to prevent Japan's self-defense right, it is basic right defined by UN charter. Anything said by Matt Hartwell is just nonsense.

Err why are you addressing me personally again? You do that a lot. Its a habit. If it is nonsense its clearly nonsense you support. As you say, China never questioned Japans right to self defense and I am supporting that same right.

As a member of UN, Japan recognizes China as a nuclear power state, a legit member of UN standing committee. Japan also recognizes a strong and prosperous China, and contributes to Chinese development all the way from the very beginning. No one will be surprised if they find a Japanese technology in Chinese jets, and Japan is very proud of it.

So do you support Japan being a nuclear power and if not, why not? If its good enough for your beloved China it must be good enough for Japan surely, although I wonder whether you are Japanese tbh. I severely doubt it.

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The visiting of heads of state to other nations is always nice. Sometimes trade or treaties are agreed upon, sometimes just discussions. it means relations are ok and people are willing to talk and show some hospitality to the visitors. Clearly both nations prefer peace and good trade relations with each other. There will always be some disagreements on issues but that is normal for most nations.

Matt made some good points as he often does although there are times I do not agree with his assessments.

Akie is clearly not Japanese and I never agree with his assessments.

That is like nations and their dealings with others. Some closely aligned and some miles apart. At least if they can talk in a honest dialog with good intentions, then it looks good for the future.

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Hey Abe!

How about also visiting ROC-TW to boost ties?

If you can shake hands with Xi then why not with Tsai English?

The whole world is watching!

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Mr. Abe has to thank the former prime-minister Tanaka, as this year marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of a bilateral peace and friendship treaty. he has to remind for PM Tanaka and do more efforts to enlace friendship with neighbor countries or it will be still chained to a country far away from Japan and find ways to stop armament confrontations. About economy I'm not against "One Belt, One Road". The sounthern islets in issue I think China knew there's nothing of value around there and probably the confrontations will diminish, only the fishing area should be controlled for China and Taiwan need theirs, too.

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China never questioned Japan's right of self-defense. In fact, China strongly support Japan's right to be independent as a sovereign state. There is nothing to prevent Japan's self-defense right, it is basic right defined by UN charter. Anything said by Matt Hartwell is just nonsense.

As a member of UN, Japan recognizes China as a nuclear power state, a legit member of UN standing committee. Japan also recognizes a strong and prosperous China, and contributes to Chinese development all the way from the very beginning. No one will be surprised if they find a Japanese technology in Chinese jets, and Japan is very proud of it.

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To be fair to Abe, he isn't the one who initiated the dispute of Senkaku, and he managed to keep it under control. Japan contributed to Chinese reform as much as America and Russia, Chinese govt and people always are positive about it and quite thankful, to tell the truth. As for history, both Japan and China have mutual understanding and quite positive too, consider the long relationship that is very unique in humanity. Abe used the term "Northeast Asia", a big conceptual improve of his mind. Japan is not "west", and never will be. Abe must make his visit of China a successful one, surprisingly successful, and Xi will follow up with another visit of Japan, given Chinese nature of be friendly toward a friend.

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If, possible, recommend Abe to visit China with at least two weeks schedule, starting from Northeast China, all three provincial capitals, and declare a major project of "rebuild northeast China", as huge and significant as China's "one belt and one road", to firmly establish Japan's pivot in 21 century. Abe must be humble, given his family background with Northeast China. Then Abe should go to Nanking, and Xian, Shanghai and Beijing, minimally.

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Abe: "But, Xi, I hope you Don't mind we're still going to use you as an excuse for why we need to change Article 9 and bolster defense, Calling you an increased threat in Asia, and trying to isolate you. That okay? No? Can we be the exception please? Oh! And how'd you get your people to give you an unlimited term and power?"

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