When Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Central Asia and Southeast Asia in September and October of 2013, he raised the initiative of jointly building the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road.
The Japanese media has forecasted that the 2016 national defense budget would surpass the 5 trillion yen mark, about 250 billion RMB, which is record-breaking for the country. Not only were the Japanese surprised; but so were its neighbor countries and the international community as well. This reflects the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s aggressive efforts to exert the nation’s military power.
At the important juncture of the 70th anniversary of World War II, it is quite understandable that a speech that states a government's position is carefully and cautiously planned and drafted. The 70th anniversary speech by Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, however, has already exceeded the scope of general policy planning. It has revealed Japan’s attitude towards its aggressive history: full of calculation, avoidance of sincerely facing the truth, constantly haggling over the wording and evading responsibility. The problem is that people all over the world are worrying and looking forward to the speech by Japanese leaders.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on August 14 issued a statement to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, which was highly-anticipated from the world-at-large. Abe once considered defining this statement only as a "personal understanding" instead of a "cabinet decision", but he encountered strong criticisms from former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama and other formidable Japanese figures.
At the press conference of two sessions in 2015, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi answered questions from NHK reporter and said "the more responsibilities inflictors take the less harm victims suffer from." Seventy years ago, Japan lost the war; seventy years later, Japan shouldn't lose conscience.
CCTV.com reporter Devon Reid Mok
Critics should remember that the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is meant to be an inter-governmental institution, and that its shareholders will all have a say in how the organization approaches multilateral development in Asia.
Non-member states harboring concerns about the direction of this organization would probably be better off trying to influence the policies of the AIIB from within.
"Distrust in China is also a serious problem in many countries, particularly in the United States, that might view China’s One Belt One Road initiative as a direct challenge to US dominance in Asia and beyond."
"The One Belt, One Road initiative can help provide much-needed connectivity to regions of the world which otherwise face significant challenges."
" Xi’s new initiative of One Belt One Road is an important step towards integrating Europe and Asia economically. This policy will strengthen China’s relationship with countries in Central and Southeast Asia."
"This initiative offers great opportunities for both regional and global integration of China’s Asian neighbors as well as for China itself. "
"One Belt One Road is a logical policy to improve economic and political links. China has historic trade and people-to-people links through the ancient Silk Road which it can build on for modern advantage. Countries in the region are realizing that connectivity is the key to economic development."
"President Xi’s initiative of the One Belt One Road is one of important tools to boost up the slowing Chinese economy by connecting its economy with foreign countries and attracting more and more external demands."