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Little cheer as Japan, China mark 50 years of diplomatic relations

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By Kyoko HASEGAWA

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The plethora of Chinese made junk in shops in Japan and the large number of Chinese people doing ‘baito’ in airports, shops and even the streets at night seem to suggest that there is NOT a high degree of tension…

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Get out of the US petty game..

Join yourselves and make Asia a continent free from western piracy..

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Business ties are "a decisive factor in stopping a free fall of the relation", said Aurelio Insisa, a history professor at the University of Hong Kong and author of a book on Sino-Japanese ties.

So long as the zero covid nonsense is underway, Japanese firms and expats, alongside other foreign businesses will not stop moving out of China. The country risk for China is growing as Beijing still tacitly supports the aggressor Russia under Putin.

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This article decided the everyday most important question, “what will we have for dinner tonight?”. Tonight will be Chinese!

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Nothing to celebrate.

Sadly, the US as the leader of the free world backed the wrong horse in '72. The Republic of China (Taiwan) should have been chosen and recognised as the "one China".

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Join yourselves and make Asia a continent free from western piracy..

Piracy? Wasn't it invented in China?

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Who can blame the people when the relationship has been everything but harmonious, and with the frequent use of Japan as the default scapegoat of the CCP it would need people to be in denial to think people would celebrate this.

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It doesn't matter whether there's little cheer or not. But we cannot deny the fact that for the past 50 years, a lot of economies got better and many people became richer because of the peaceful co-existence of these two super powers despite American-induced tensions.

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we cannot deny the fact that for the past 50 years, a lot of economies got better and many people became richer because of the peaceful co-existence of these two super powers despite American-induced tensions.

Pretty clear you need to look up the definition of "peaceful" when referring to the CCP over the past 50 years. Consulting with the Taiwanese, Tibetans, Vietnamese, Hong Kongers, Uighyurs - pretty much any nation in the region - may help.

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Greed trumps human rights all the time.

Look around Japan and the signs are obvious!

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Sadly, the US as the leader of the free world backed the wrong horse in '72. The Republic of China (Taiwan) should have been chosen and recognised as the "one China".

It actually 1979 when President Carter agreed to a "one China" policy. 1972 was simply the opening of talks.

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The Chinese sees Japanese people were friends except the L.D.P. a group of political puppets manupilated by America that made Japan like a US colony! That's why nobody cares about the demise of Shinzo Abe, Mr. Abe had expressed many times good will to Chinese, he even mentioned his Chinese babysitter during his childhood but his political status was nothing our interest!

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Japan provided financial assistance through OECD and other means these past decades. China owes part of its success to these and other WTO providence and is now doing the same with Africa. Helping countries develop and creating a win win situation is certainly worth celebrating.

Japan also has provided precedence in its economic competitive relationship with the US. What China is experiencing with Huawei and the countermeasures taken benefitted from Japan's case in the 80's. Currency manipulation is another example we are well aware of.

Like in many cases, if it were up to the PLA or the military, the relationship could be worse and conflict could have broken out in 1995 and in 2010. In this view, the CCP is playing a significant role in assuring peace in the region.

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Piracy? Wasn't it invented in China?

No, he is referring to what was invented in the West, in the 15th to as late as the 19th centuries and modern piracy.

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No, he is referring to what was invented in the West, in the 15th to as late as the 19th centuries and modern piracy.

Piracy in Asia predates that by a few hundred years.

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Japan, China mark 50 years of diplomatic relations

China? Don't you mean the CCP controlled Rogue State known by the fake name of the People's Republic of China (Not of the people, not a Republic, not China) .

Wouldn't it be more appropriate to say that China and Japan haven't had official relations for half a century? Given the real China is the Republic of China whose government is on exile in a Taipei.

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The picture is from Yokohama Chinatown. Yokohama and Kobe have way, way better Chinatowns than SF or LA. SF and LA Chinatowns have high crime, lots of homeless, and dirty.

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Piracy in Asia predates that by a few hundred years.

that may or may not be true, but it is history now. Now Russians are having their yachts, homes and assets stolen in acts of piracy purely on racist grounds.

China will be next.

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Little cheer as Japan, China mark 50 years of diplomatic relations

What are you expecting? The country to be breaking out in street parties for having diplomatic relations with a bully?

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The Sino-Japanese Treaty if Friendship was signed back in 1972, when China (PRC) was a backwards s-hole and the CCP leaders (Mao Tse Tung, Chou En Lai) were eager to get global recognition and open themselves up to assistance. Japan since then has paid tremenous amounts to China as ODA. In 1978 China Re-affirmed this Treaty and Deng Xiao Ping visited Japan and got Panasonic to open the first electronics factory in China.

Fast forward and China has put it's earnings into building the largest and most powerful military in Asia, has not liberalized but in fact has tightened it's authoritarian grip over it's people. By 2010 China was openly challenging Japan for the Senkakus and anti-Japan demonstrations were common.

Forward to 2015 and the Chinese PLA were openly talking about the First and Second Island Chains, and the intent to replace the United States as the dominant strategic power in the region. Which is unaaceptable to Japan and other Asian nations that rely on a US alliance to defend themselves from Autocratic nations-like China.

The value for any country to have relations with China is only economic. And China will even use that economic relationship and trade to further it's strategic agenda. China's continued threat to invade Taiwan is the most disruptive element to peace and stability in the region.

Little wonder there is little cheer.

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Yeh, diplomatic relations are so bad that every major Japanese industrial company has a factory there!

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