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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: Peter from: France
October 27, 2013 10:34 PM
Well, China is always started the provocation. Look what they doing to India, Vietnam, Philippines, Brunei and Malaysia. Indeed, China is now the modern trouble maker in Asia and going to be like Hitler's Germany in the future. In case of war with Japan, I am sure that other nation will dragged to fight against China. Especially the USA, South Korea, Philippines, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Taiwan and Australia will surely counter China as well. I don't think Russia will help China on this, because Russian is aware that if they help China the whole Europeean nation (NATO Alliance will join the war and help the Japan and USA alliance

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by: hwang from: China
October 28, 2013 10:57 AM
Time will tell you that what you have said here is totally wrong!I think if you visit China,you will be moved by Chinese people's peaceful heart.What we really want is harmonious life and our motherland's unification.that's all,thank you for reading!

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by: Kevin from: South Africa
October 28, 2013 10:22 AM
Are you dreaming? I wish you never wake up!


by: Piolo from: Singapore
October 27, 2013 9:21 PM
Japan is just acting in defense they are not provoking anything

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by: van from: vietnam
October 28, 2013 10:45 AM
sure. china both robs and shouts. china is really a thief.


by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
October 27, 2013 9:16 PM
It is clear it is only Japan which could fight against strengthened Chinese military power among Asian countries nowadays. This Abe's comment means he wanted to represent the benefit of those small countries over territorial disputes with China. I hope China realizes its grown super power both in politically and economically so that it puts other countries benefits first rather than its own benefits. I want Chian would grow to be respected from neighboring countires.Thank you.


by: Nguyen Nguyen from: Vietnam
October 27, 2013 4:39 PM
I am from Vietnam and I totally support Japan's effort to be more assertive to protect herself. China is the aggressor in Asia now. If you want to talk about hypocrisies then China is the perfect examples. The atrocities the Hans Chinese committed to surrounding countries in many centuries, including Vietnam is thousands of times worse than what Japan did in WWII.

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by: remie from: canada
October 29, 2013 7:32 AM
@malayasia.,
First, I am not to familiar with the origin of nguyen so imdo not no if it is fact or a FAKE fact that china buts out there.
Second , if it is fact what does that have to do with Nguyen's position on who he side?
Third, do you mean to tell me all Americans, Canadians, Australian, etc... with British last name should side with Britain or better yet Claim that they are British. Your history lesson or fake history lesson has no merit. Just because your Chinese or where ever you originate does not mean that you side with them. You should logic fact from fiction and side with who you feel is Right.

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by: Nguyen origin from: Malaysia
October 27, 2013 10:05 PM
Nguyen it is funny you mention this. Your surname nguyen is actually of Chinese descent (阮) = nguyen which is a derivation of a southern chinese dialect (Wu dialect/ or hokkien) which is pronounced as Gnieuh. You are probably as Han Chinese as the Chinese in China. The Wu dialect was prominent during the Tang Dynasty of 600AD and bears great similarity with another language - Korean, and the written Japanese language - Kanji (their original first Japanese script - copied from China).

In fact Kanji itself is also a Wu dialect translation of the Chinese word Han Zi 汉字 literally meaning Word of (the people of) Han. Given over 2200 years of intermingling and cross breeding since the Han dynasty of 200 BC, you probably share the same blood as your Chinese brothers in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Phillipines and Indonesia. Do not forget the atrocities committed against your people. I have never forgotten the Sook Ching Massacre in 1942 when the Japs massacred 200 000 Chinese civilians in Singapore in 3 days - a little reported fact (but please do search it up). Make enemies with the Chinese and you piss off all your ASEAN neighbors too. Abe has already made many enemies for him and his genetic lineage. Once again, Japan has its politics being hijacked by its militarists and war criminals and we know they are also going after the nation that nuked their civilians twice


by: Victor Nunnally from: Wilmington, NC
October 27, 2013 4:26 PM
Before The Reformation, there will be a great war. China is provoking it with long and sharp talons and a stoic face. There is something about the name Abe that signifies wisdom and strength. Who is baiting who?


by: van from: vietnam
October 27, 2013 8:55 AM
the country that vietnam hates móst ís china .and the country that vlike most is japan . in any situation , we will support japan.


by: Brian Dell from: Canada
October 27, 2013 5:27 AM
Japan’s annual defense budget declined every year from 2002 to 2012 while Chinese military spending soared. Japan is increasing spending 3% this year and the Chinese would have you believe this means Japan is trying to start an arms race.



by: Kha from: VN
October 27, 2013 2:17 AM
China is a problem for small countries in Southeast Asia. China will be a problem for big countries in the future.
China kings have been known for extending borders and invading other countries.
WW2 was history why discuss it like present.
Mao directly and indirectly killed a lot of innocent people, why he is national hero?
I have seen Japanese and they are fairly honest.
I have seen Chinese people in Shanghai at bottle opener building and they cheat in front of my face.
The problem of Chinese is they play unfair among themselves and Beijing plays unfair internationally.


by: tooth for tooth from: Hokkaido Japan
October 27, 2013 1:52 AM
Chinese people are out of the way, they love provoking, and if the provoked one lashes it's power, they will say that they're the victim and innocent. how pathetic. greedy people. you already have almost half of the world and the population, you still want more. And you are saying that the proof you have is the ancient map that your so called dynasties make. if that's your conclusion about sovereignty, then france alone must also push there sovereign against other european countries. why is that not happening? simply because they're not greedy and they are civilized people. China's claim is baseless in modern era. there mind-set is still in dynasties era.


by: michael qian from: China
October 26, 2013 10:50 PM
I have some words to tell the Japanese。Go to Germany and have a look what they had to do to the war and Nazi。And compare with what some Japanese politicians had said about the war any one can draw a conclusion that your apology is not from your heart。No one will believe in a hypocrite

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by: Peter from: France
October 27, 2013 10:39 PM
FYI, the new Japan is very different from old Japan. But the old china is the same with new china, its still has pure arrogant , hostile and greedy nation. FYI, China is now the modern trouble maker in Asia. Try to search what is "NINE DASH LINE" claimed by your country. Then tell the whole world if it is reasonable claim, right, or valid claim based on international law.

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by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
October 27, 2013 8:38 PM
It makes no sense to compare holocoast by Nazi to Japanese conduct of war battle both in brutarity and large scale. Holocaust could be compared to atomic bombing as they kill innocent civilians.

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by: James from: Japan
October 27, 2013 11:24 AM
Well the arrogance of the Chinese will be there own undoing...enough said.

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