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    Abe: Japan Ready to Counter China

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends ASEAN summit, Brunei, Oct. 10, 2013.
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends ASEAN summit, Brunei, Oct. 10, 2013.
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    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in an interview published on Saturday, said Japan was ready to be more assertive towards China as Beijing threatened to strike back if provoked.
     
    A top retired Chinese diplomat said any move by Tokyo to contain China could amount to an attempt to conceal ulterior motives in the region and prove to be "extremely dangerous."
     
    And the defense ministry warned Japan not to underestimate China's resolve to take whatever measures were needed to protect itself.
     
    Abe, interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, said Japan should take the lead in guarding against what he said might be an attempt by China to use force to attain its diplomatic goals.
     
    He said he had realized at recent meetings with South East Asian leaders that the region sought leadership from Tokyo in terms of security amid China's more forthright diplomacy.
     
    "There are concerns that China is attempting to change the status quo by force, rather than by rule of law. But if China opts to take that path, then it won't be able to emerge peacefully," he told the newspaper.
     
    "So it shouldn't take that path and many nations expect Japan to strongly express that view. And they hope that as a result, China will take responsible action in the international community."
     
    China took issue with a Japanese media report saying Abe had approved a policy for Japan to shoot down foreign drones that ignore warnings to leave its airspace.
     
    "Don't underestimate the Chinese army's resolute will and determination to protect China's territorial sovereignty," Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said on the ministry's website.
     
    "If Japan does resort to enforcement measures like shooting down aircraft, that is a serious provocation to us, an act of war.
     
    "We will undertake decisive action to strike back, with every consequence borne by the side that caused the trouble," Geng added.
     
    Disputed Islands
     
    Relations have deteriorated sharply in the past year, with the main sticking point being conflicting claims to uninhabited islets in the East China Sea, known in Japan as the Senkaku islands and in China as Diaoyu. Ties have taken a further battering over visits by Japanese lawmakers this month to the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo honoring both war dead and Japanese leaders convicted as war criminals.
     
    China is also at odds with several South East Asian states contesting its claims to large swathes of the South China Sea.
     
    Former Chinese foreign minister Tang Jiaxuan, addressing a forum in Beijing, said that Japan hoped to enlist the United Nations and the international community to curb China's actions in the region, according to media reports.
     
    Tang made no reference to Abe's latest comments, but said any attempt to contain China either amounted to a distorted view of China or "the rendering of an image of the 'Chinese menace' to achieve an ulterior political goal."
     
    "I hope it's the former, because if it's the latter, not only is it futile, it is also extremely dangerous."
     
    President Xi Jinping adopted a more conciliatory tone at a conference on diplomacy this week, saying good relations with neighbors were crucial to a stable foreign policy.
     
    Abe took office last year for a rare second term and is seen as a hawkish nationalist with a conservative agenda that includes revising a post-war pacifist constitution drafted by the United States, strengthening Japan's defense posture and recasting wartime history with a less apologetic tone.

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    by: David from: Canada
    November 14, 2013 1:48 PM
    Look at Abe performance as Japanees leader:
    1. Using China to expand military forces even under US protection.
    2. Changing constitution to bring back evil imperial Japan army.
    3. Deny comfort women.
    4. Deny Tokyo Trial
    5. Bad relationship with neigbbours: China, Korea, Russia, Taiwan.
    6. Radaition problem still unsolved and getting worse.
    7. Changing school text history book.
    8. Unable to negotiate with China on the islands dispute.
    9. Plan to bring back evil emperor to be head of State.
    10. Worship the ghostly Shrine.
    11. Admitted himself as an extreme right wing in UN without shame.
    All above beccasue he comes from the famous WWII war criminal family Nobusuke Kishi. Shame to Abe

    by: VAN from: VIETNAM
    October 30, 2013 10:51 AM
    if the US does not intervene in the Japan -China conflict. the US does not deserve to be the most powerful and influential world power in the world . I am sure.

    by: noname from: aussie
    October 29, 2013 12:29 PM
    nice to see you guys all doing as good as always, it's good for falling countries to have dreams even though they will never come true. to be honest, who cares about some unknown south asian countries and some east asian colonies of the usa's.

    by: River Guo from: China
    October 29, 2013 3:36 AM
    There is a serious misapprehension between we Chinese and other countries' friends. As you see Chinese's comments are aggressive and unreasonable. Then you know Chinese as you used to know. Hey, Chinese are far from being like that. We have harmonious ordinary life. And manners are our inherent cuture. We do not speak such things. Anger drives Chinese crazy while prejudice burdon you think deeper. Please let me EXPLAIN, what chinese got from our mass media and all kinds of news report are like that: "China won't do any provocation unless the Japan do so", and "After Japan's provocation, China must take necessary responding action". And our history textbook tell us nothing about how ancient Chinese did to viet men. Thus, to we Chinese when those comments about Chinese's doings pop out, we feel isolated and violated and aimed at. We just know the "things" the first time since we are born. We feel we never did that and you all are lying or you are just trying to supress a growing developing country. That's why we are outrage. I should refer to the Walking Dead Series Season1. When they are making a gun-for-man treaty with those guys secured the church, both the two crews looks very aggressive. The outcome is that the both side are very good people and they just do not know each other and want to protect their own property.

    There are many facts that we Chinese may do not know. So if you are opposed to what China's government is doing, help and let Chinese citizens to know the truth. We are not savage. We merely suffer the deficiency of information.
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    by: SEATO
    October 29, 2013 10:27 AM
    Communist states are police states,where everything is censored. The government decides what the public should hear,basically all the good things about the Communists and China of course.China has grown to her present size through wars of conquest and millions have died along the way.In wars you won some and you lost some.China has gained a lot more than what it has lost back.China has to learn to be contented with what it's got.If

    China keeps claiming everything based on history,and other countries do the same,then another war would be inevitable.It is wrong for the Chinese government to mislead their people,distorting history,fabricating facts, stirring up troubles, incensing hatred against other nations,driving Chinese on the path of war to seize what rightfully belonging to others,and thus making enemies all around you.You wouldn't find historical facts in Chinese books or websites,because the Chinese government wouldn't want anybody to know the truth and all the crimes and atrocities China has committed over the years.It is only normal for a Chinese to come to China's defence,but we all must respect the truth and facts and should not support a stupid cause blindly,or that would simply be nationalist extremism,like Jonathan Huang,and that is very dangerous !

    by: yedanv from: CHINA
    October 28, 2013 9:06 PM
    If Japan took the socalled moves, it would be a severe provocation to China and an act of war, and China will take resolute measures to strike back.
    I support it。

    by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
    October 28, 2013 12:10 PM
    All Chinese and Korean will never forget Japan's atrocities as long as Japanese politicians are still worshipping convicted WWII war criminals in their shrine!
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    by: alan svile from: USA
    November 01, 2013 3:57 PM
    The name South China Sea was given by the English.. If the Chineese think that admiral Zheng travelled these waters across the East,South China sea and so-on, admiral Zheng did not mastered these ocean as the chineese called 9 dash line. Zheng tavelled these ocean in large fleet. Zheng a muslim from middle east re-settled in china, a power hunger and diluded muslim chineese.
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    by: B.B
    October 30, 2013 8:08 AM
    The relation between Japan and South Korea at the time of World War II is equivalent to Germany and Austria. Korea is not a war damage country.
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    by: B.B
    October 30, 2013 7:53 AM
    At the time of World War II, Japan did not do military invasion in Korea, and has not considered war as Korea, either.
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    by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
    October 28, 2013 8:01 PM
    I would like everyone to know the sentiment for Japanese to visit Yasukuni shrine is not worshiping victims but mourning them including convicted people as they had been already and actually punished and killed by ally's war court.

    I am not sure where was real justice as the winners always have justice in wars. We Japanese never worship so called criminals by ally's countries but we just mourning them. Thank you.

    by: hwang from: China
    October 28, 2013 11:20 AM
    I just don't understand so many people from East and Southeast Asia forget that how serious damage Japan give to us,not only our Chinese,but also Vietnam,North and South Korea,Philippine,Thailand,Burma,Malaysia,Indonesia,etc.In a word,don't forget Japan's guilty in the Second World War,and maintain keen vigilance to the Japanese right-wing force,for example this one,Abe!
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    by: Ling Chung from: Singapore
    October 28, 2013 10:50 PM
    You will never understand because you were raised by low life broken heads communist leaders and the damaged to millions like you can never be irreversible. You see facts in China are fabricated by so called "Comrade Scholars" and that is not true. Modern Japan is not China in your head.

    by: redpk from: China
    October 28, 2013 7:47 AM
    these Japanese Politician are real trouble maker,they want to win the election,stimulate China.Politician are ugly,Japs Politician are worst ugly.

    by: River Guo from: China
    October 28, 2013 4:20 AM
    I am a high school students from China. I just want to talk about what is going on here in my opinion. Well, after all you guys have said, we are still talking about historical events. As well as we Chinese should not judge Japenese by what they exactly did in WWII, Chinese should not be judged by what we did in our past time. I admit that we still do not have an outstanding government after so many years and the majority of Chinese people are not civilized enough we should be. But as human beings, Chinese people are still going after peace and democracy. It seems not like that as everybody know. It is because our government is taking advantages of Chinese's purity, they put all the disastrous history record in sight of people's eyes by the mass media, bloting out future. You can imagine that your grandpa's murder and the murderer are reminded every day.

    That's why Chinese people are always in a outrage status. It is not that we are not magnanimous and foresighted enough, but we are blocked to do so. The government asks for the whole nation's rage to get Chinese more sovereignty while Abe take advantages of other countries rage to get Japen more sovereignty. It is all about diplomatic struggle and let it be. I must claim that overwhelming majority of Chinese people do not want war, neither more territory or communism the whole world whatever. Regardless some Chinese radical speaking on the internet, those are merely what a isolated and immature person supposed to say when being misunderstood and countered. Chairman Mao is such a controversial man, less and less people respect him as hero. I am here to beg understand, we Chinese are victim of hatred, not the carrier. We would be nicer and more civillised only if we are not that aimed at and demonized.
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    by: alan svile from: USA
    November 01, 2013 4:09 PM
    MR> River GuO, iF chineese are really going for democracy and peace loving nation how come your government occufying some islets and atolls in west philippine sea especially in scarborough soal 120nautical miles from the island of Luzon and almost 800 nautical miles from from your chineese coast? why? because of OIL and GAS deposits underneath of these reef and atolls?
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    by: River Guo from: China
    October 29, 2013 2:34 AM
    Dear Yoshi, I am so happy too to have your reply. I always do not understand why diplomatic dispute will convert into ethnic hatred. We got many Chinese comments here and they are almost very radical. We behave and comment not like that in ordinary situation. Actually, our media always report like that: the Japan always provocate and deny the truth in WWII and many countries aim at us. An obvious false and exaggerated report to you guys but many Chinese will believe and feel angry. That's why We feel isolated and violated while you feel Chinese are rude and aggressive. I beg your pardon.
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    by: River Guo from: China
    October 29, 2013 2:10 AM
    SEATO: However it is not the guts or decency Chinese do not have, Chinese are not that bad you thought. It is the truth and awareness of the governments' action are deprived of. What we got? Chinese won't take any provocation action unless Japan do so and we obey that as reported. I dun know, maybe normal citizen of China have been fooled for decades. So may be you can give me the news website I should go to see.

    I can guarantee you guys one things. China will never go to have a war or any kind of colonialism. I am not talking about want or not. The most serious problem in China is political corruption. Those loaded politicians are not going to have a war that may threaten their wealth. On the other hand, we do not have the ambition and guts. Samurai and militarism are neither our culture(No offence).

    I apologise for what we used to do to the viet men though I do not know the detail. What we suffer are definitely not that mild as you say. Since Japan did not come to China for justice. So please do not relate the Japan's past action as a revenge or something to China's bad doing.
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    by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
    October 28, 2013 10:17 PM
    Dear River Guo, I am happy to hear of your comment. I understand what you want to say. I agree Chinese people in fact, as well as the Japanese, love peace and are not greedy to others' assets.I have heard not a few of Japanese orphans in China during and post WWII were rescured and raised by Chinese local residents. We Japanese keep remembering your generous kindness regardress of your great deal of suffering from the Japanese army. Thank you general Chinese people for your kindness.

    I understand your position as a high school studen hoping fruitful future of China and of your own. I guess communistic political system would burden you Chinese people a lot of regularions and you feel eagering freedom as one of growing democratic protesters in lately China. I hope democracy would be fully secured for all of Chinese pepole as soon as possible under whatever political system. Good luck River Guo. Thank you.
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    by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
    October 28, 2013 1:25 PM
    SEATO, I feel sorry for you. May be you already see that we Chinese are every where around the world. That's how we can learn from other countries and that's why China is growing so fast. It's our way to contribute to our motherland, and if there is need for me to go back to fight against Japanese or Americans, I will never hesitate one minute. South China Sea and Diaoyu island belong to China, nobody can take them away from us.
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    by: SEATO
    October 28, 2013 12:32 PM
    Jonathan: Why don't you go back and shed your blood for Communist China? Any sensible Chinese wouldn't want to sacrifice their own lives,leaving behind their loved ones,invading other people's lands in the name of Communism.Defending your fatherland and stealing other people's lands are 2 different things.Don't get them mixed up.By discreding Japan for their WW2 crimes,to set all the ASEAN countries against them,is just a dirty old trick,and wouldn't work.Everybody now knows China is the evil empire with the insatiable thirst and hunger for oil and minerals,and we are not going to let you steal from us just like that
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    by: SEATO
    October 28, 2013 10:56 AM
    Not many Chinese would have the guts and the decency to admit their government's wrong doings like you.If China learns to behave in more civilised and responsible way ,respecting and honouring international laws and orders,then Chinese people wouldn’t be seen as demons.By claiming everything on history,threatening all their neighbours,simply making everyone nervous.America is untrustworthy,and Japan is the only hope left for ASEAN countries.The crimes that Imperial Japan committed in WW2,were mild in comparison to what the Chinese have done to the Viet people (BaiYue) over the centuries.

    Modern Japan is an exemplary true,peaceful democracy,where China is an evil,aggressive communist dictatorship.China might be a rising superpower,but they can not take on the whole civilised world, and that does not mean we all have to sit back and accept our fate,and let them trample all over us.Japan should change their constitutions and we all must unite behind them,that is the only way.If we remain indecisive and undivided,that would give China the chance to break us down one by one,and do as they please.Colonialism is no longer acceptable in these days and age. We all should prosper through trade and cooperation as Japan and Germany have done since the end of WW2,not by stealing and through the use of force.
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    by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
    October 28, 2013 10:29 AM
    If you are Chinese, do you support the communist party's claim that all South China Sea and Diaoyu islands belong to China?
    Are you willing to shed your blood to protect our forefathers assets from Japan's invasion like our forefathers did during the WWII?
    Last, ask your parents, if their life standard greatly improved these years! Open your eyes!

    by: Stars from: China
    October 28, 2013 12:31 AM
    China will be more and more power full. NO ONE can stop it. I think other south Asian countries leaders all understand. Japan knows it too. But this poor country just follow his master UN do what his master waht him to do. FIGHT his old master China.

    Although he has always been to shear his sheep by UN. Because this country is just a colony. He even can't expulsion of the U.S. military to leave his land.
    Poor country like a dog and want to bite. He will get a punch





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    by: alanz svile from: USA
    November 01, 2013 4:53 PM
    Hi Stars, yes i agree with you being the Chineese is getting more powerful and can't be stopped. China uses the historical reasons to claim these waters and why can't CHINA join the U.N.C.L.O.S. and I.T.L.O.S. arbitration? why , because china and the 9 dash line is not consistent with the International Law of the Sea...Who' your admiral Zheng declaring these 9 dash line?..you 've got to be kidding !! Admiral Zheng is a muslim from middle east re- settled in china may once travelled to these oceans but he never mastered these oceans but a deluded power hunger. how ever the modern world will not give in to any chineese bully's and sea grabbing.. If chineese travelled these oceans and declare that these oceans are chineese teritory, then why not the Italians declare Biejing,Nanning and Shanghai belong to Italians where Marco Polo travelled and lived in China.....
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