Tag Archives: China-Japan

Key documents on Biden’s trip to Asia (in progress)

This is a collection of U.S. government releases and other key documents on Vice President Biden’s trip to Japan, China, and South Korea this week. I will try to update it as more documents emerge. These are in close to … Continue reading

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Former Obama Asia advisor: Media’s US-China rivalry articles ‘represent lazy journalism’

Jeffrey Bader, a former senior director for East Asia at the U.S. National Security Council during the Obama administration and a key Obama advisor, spoke at Beijing’s Tsinghua University Tuesday, almost a year after he appeared the last time. While … Continue reading

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Updated: Did the Chinese government really call Diaoyu/Senkaku a ‘core interest’?

The Japanese news wire Kyodo News last week reported that the Chinese government called the Senkaku/Diaoyu island issue a ‘core interest.’ “The Diaoyu Islands are about sovereignty and territorial integrity. Of course, it’s China’s core interest,” ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying … Continue reading

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Is the China-Japan confrontation Xi’s inside political play, or part of a broader move?

Is China’s new leader, Xi Jinping, flexing military muscle with Japan to solidify rule within the Communist Party and the People’s Liberation Army, or is the heightened dispute with Japan best viewed in a broader context? At Foreign Policy, John Garnaut examines … Continue reading

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What kind of ‘hawk’ is Japan’s Shinzo Abe? Probably not the kind you think

Shinzo Abe became prime minister of Japan in December, more than six years after he first took the job, succeeding long-serving Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in September 2006. In the U.S. press especially, Abe is often termed a “nationalist” or … Continue reading

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Pictures from the reopening of the Nanjing Massacre museum

Five years ago today, on the 70th anniversary of the Japanese invasion of Nanjing, the museum commemorating those events reopened. These are some pictures I took on my visit that day. As I am told is the norm for the … Continue reading

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China–Japan maritime arrests: to care or not to care?

After China’s stern reaction last year to the arrest of a Chinese sailor who rammed Japanese ships near islands disputed by the two countries, the world media has braced itself for another round of “tensions” following a new arrest. The … Continue reading

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Young Japanese bureaucrats on China: Friend or Opportunity

This is a blind item based on something a classmate in a Japanese ministry said. But it’s an interesting thought. For young Japanese bureaucrats on the security side, China is a potential threat. For young bureaucrats on the economic side, … Continue reading

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Demonstrations in Tokyo During Hu Visit: Could Be Worse

From Reuters: But even as Hu spoke, about 200 protesters waved signs outside the university gate saying “Free Tibet” and “No Pandas, No Poison Dumplings,” the latter referring to Hu’s offer to lend two pandas to a Tokyo zoo and … Continue reading

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