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Japan's illusory fancies pose danger to Asia stability

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

12-25-2015 15:35 BJT

By Hou Jun, a doctorate researcher of International Relations, China Foreign Affairs University

Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe visited India and Australia this month to promote better diplomatic relations with Canberra and New Delhi. Abe touted the so-called "Diamond Idea of Safety Assurance" to protect a rhombus area encircling four countries - Japan, US, India and Australia.

 

The diamond idea was raised in Dec. 2012, after Abe regained power. He cited concerns over the South China Sea issue and made allegations on marine threats from Beijing.

Nevertheless, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, "Japan is not qualified to discuss the topic." Abe's ideas are dangerous and illusory that bring serious threats to regional peace and stability.

Abe attempts to form military alliance.

In regard to the South China Sea, Beijing has insisted on reconciling differences through friendly bilateral negotiations with countries concerned in the region.

Beijing is demonstrating patience to implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and to propel marine cooperation with parties concerned.

Tokyo is not an immediate party, but continues to meddle. Japan has falsely claimed China has threatened freedom of navigation and claims China is attempting to ignite armed intervention.

Nonetheless, Beijing remains committed to respect each country's freedom of navigation and air flights over the South China Sea, based on international laws and has appealed to countries outside the region to support it.

Tokyo is not defending stability on behalf of the South China Sea, but establishing a military alliance in the guise of peace.

Abe exploits so-called "China Threat Theory".

Abe is exaggerating the China threat over the sea to suppress Beijing. Abe wants to curb China's growth and engage in arms expansion, amending the Constitution for "normal nationalization." Tokyo is occupying the Diaoyu Islands to confront with China.

He is seeking sympathy from the international community, but hiding his true intentions to deploy the Japanese military abroad to increase support from Japanese right wing nationalists. For Abe, Beijing stands as a target to realize his political benefits.

India and Australia keep a distance from Japan.

Tokyo and Beijing are closely cooperating with New Delhi and Canberra. China has built a solid foundation with India, via several multi-lateral organizations, such as BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India China and South Africa) and SCO (Shanghia Cooperation Organization).

Both countries stand united on non-traditional security measures including anti-terrorism and climate change, while border disputes stay under control.  Both emerging countries are cooperating and competing with each other.

China remains the largest trading partner, export destination and import source of Australia for five years running, and Australia approved the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement in Nov. 2015.

In recent years, high-level officials from the two countries have communicated with each other, while deepening political mutual trust.

China and Australia have established a premiers' annual meeting mechanism to support more than 30 inter-governmental consultations, including diplomatic, economic and strategic dialogue.

Australia has held a negative attitude towards Washington's efforts to curb China with the South China Sea issue. Canberra has made a public declaration to oppose the "freedom of navigation" led by the U.S. However, Tokyo continues to draw the two countries together to confront Beijing.

On Dec.23, the Emperor of Japan held a press conference in the royal palace to appeal to the Japanese to recollect on their prior war history. Perhaps Abe should have listened carefully and return to the right track for a peaceful nation.

 

( The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Panview or CCTV.com. )

 

 

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