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Japan, China agree to make efforts to improve bilateral

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Funny how the article fails to mention the anti-Chinese rallies in Japan, flares thrown at Chinese Embassies, Japanese arrested carrying knives around Chinese Embassies, or how Japanese politician continue to berate & belittle the Chinese in the media! Very one sided, but then again it is JT I guess...

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Japan seems ready for reconciliation, swallowing bitter pill..Did Hillary Clinton play any vital role while meeting with Maehara?

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I wonder if Japan sought America's approval before arranging this meeting...?

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Japan also asked China to unblock the export of rare earths and reopen talks on the joint development of gas fields in the East China Sea, Maehara said,

An EU investigation has found no evidence of the claims by Maehara, hence there is no blockage of rare earth materials, neither pure nor pre-processed.

It's safe to say that the Japanese foreign minister is becoming a real problem for the government with his constant claims that later turn out to be "on shaky ground" at best.

Furthermore one can only wish JT would not only reprint "news" from certain sources, but actually get involved in investigative journalism checking all claims before printing.

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Red China and their lies, what game are they playing. Pointless to "restore" relations, Red China will just do something the knock them over again.

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The world will likely take the Chinese counterpart's statements with a grain of salt. Their promises are only a step above those coming from Pyongyang...

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Japan needs China for it's economic survival, and the United States for it's security.

As such, Japan is in direct dependence on both countries for it's mere existence.

Quoted from the Japan Times dated Friday, October 29, 2010:

"China must not ask Japan to choose between itself and the U.S.. Japan needs both countries. It needs a strong economic relationship with China and it needs a reliable security relationship with the U.S."

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I totally aree with mushroom, Japan needs both sides to work effectively, though both China AND the U.S need Japan. Japan has cutting edge technology due to its lack of resorces, and America could definately use an example in going green. Its a two way street in both ends neather China or America would care about Japan if it wasn't so smart.

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Anyone who thinks any country "needs" other countries more than the others is an imbecile. All nations that have any relations be they economic or strategic all need each other. Or, they can all function "without" each other.

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both America and China care about japan because japan siting between them both. thats all. if japanese that smart they surpassing America whole century ago. remember it is America not japan that invented internet, car, and everything we have today. and it is China who make them affordable to everyone... well i like to saying that but it is true japan is very advance in technology that both China and America will need their experience. i heard it is mitsui who helping China settling stock exchange service. and toyota providing China first modern ambulance. what i want to say is lets keep aside this island dispute, lets every fisherman from both country fishing there and just don’t mentioning to who that island belong. than China and japan can together exploring oil-mine on that area.

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"Or, they can all function "without" each other."

So that's what Yuriotani has been advocating; pull U.S. forces out of Japan, end the economic relationship with China.

If either act were to happen, resource poor and export dependent Japan would certainly be severely affected, Ossan. But perhaps it takes an imbecile to not realize this.

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mushroomcloud at 12:41 AM JST - 30th October "Or, they can all function "without" each other." So that's what Yuriotani has been advocating; pull U.S. forces out of >Japan, end the economic relationship with China. If either act were to happen, resource poor and export dependent Japan >would certainly be severely affected, Ossan. But perhaps it takes an >imbecile to not realize this.

That's exactly why it's never going to happen, China NEEDS it's biggest importer of Chinese goods and only major Non-Western one at that, Japan NEEDS China's consumer market and US defense, US NEEDS Japan as a foundation for it's Asia-Pacific defense strategy, every needs everyone. OR,they all go it alone. Sure everyone would be affected but no one is is going to collapse. I hardly ever agree with what Yuri says. As I said only an imebecile would think one countrey needs others and other don't.

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China has no incentive to mount a global military challenge to U.S. power. China will one day possess a much more substantial military capacity than it has today, but its economy has grown so quickly over the past two decades, and its living standards improved so dramatically, that it is difficult to imagine the kind of catastrophic, game changing event that would push China to risk it all by posing the West a large scale military challenge. It has no incentive to allow anything less than the most serious threat to its sovereignty to trigger a military conflict that might sever its expanding network of commercial ties with countries all over the world—and with the U.S., Japan, Australia, and the European Union, in particular.

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Eyes are on when Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will hold talks

Which was scheduled on the evening of the 29th but guess who cancelled it? Somebody want to take a stab?

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mushroomcloud, that was my position but it is clearly a hopeless one. China is not going to forgive the descendants of those that invaded. A fishing boat incident destroying years of negotiating is nonsense. China wanted to damage relations and they have gotten their goal. Thus the whole ideal of a peaceful relationship with Red China is a unattainable dream. Peace is a continuation of war by other means. So we turn our backs toward Red China and renew our friendship with the United States. Nothing is ever free, the price of our independence from China is American forces stationed in Japan. So it is with bowed head I give up on the ideal of things changing in Okinawa.

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"Nothing is ever free, the price of our independence from China is American forces stationed in Japan. So it is with bowed head I give up on the ideal of things changing in Okinawa."

Yuriotani sums it up rather well at this point.

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YuriOtani at 03:58 AM JST - 30th October Nothing is ever free, the price of our independence from China is >American forces stationed in Japan. So it is with bowed head I give up >on the ideal of things changing in Okinawa.

And what's wrong with a friendship wth the United States Yuri? We honor our Nobel Prize winners like you do. China jails them. We believe in democracy and individual rights. China doesn't. We believe in resolving national differences rationally (not hysterically) and in a civil manner. China doesn't. If you want US forces out of Okinawa or Japan, then all you have to do is get your people and government to dump Article 9. Japan already has all the technology to become a nuclear power practically overnight and apart from China and NKorea no ones going to seriously complain. What's stopping you?

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OssanAmerica, well nobody likes foreign bases on their own soil. Sure Japan could become a "nuclear" power but the people of Japan have rejected this route. It is the route in which all countries acquire these devices to secure their freedom from outsiders. The world would be in a constant state of unease. It is better for this not to happen. Something is very wrong when in order to get respect from another country you need to be able to kill them.

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