日中首脳会談 中国は互恵の前に報復撤回を

The Yomiuri Shimbun (Oct. 7, 2010)
Kan must take firm line on Chinese aggression
日中首脳会談 中国は互恵の前に報復撤回を(10月6日付・読売社説)

Monday's impromptu meeting between Japanese and Chinese leaders is expected to open the door for the two countries to mend their ties, which have been strained since last month's collision between a Chinese trawler and two Japan Coast Guard vessels in Japanese waters near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao held talks on the sidelines of the Asia-Europe Meeting in Brussels. The two leaders agreed to resume high-level negotiations and civic exchanges between the two countries, which China unilaterally suspended.

If Japan-China economic ties cool, it will slow down China's growth, possibly resulting in mounting frustrations in the country. It also will inevitably stagnate the transfer of Japan's environmental and energy-saving technology, which is highly anticipated by China.

Moreover, China's hard-nosed diplomacy gave the impression to the international community that the country is aggressive, as France's Le Monde newspaper described it. China apparently decided to go ahead with the unscheduled meeting after concluding that further complicating the Japan-China relationship will cost it a lot.


China needs Japan

It is also believed that China did not want the current row to adversely affect the scheduled attendance of Chinese President Hu Jintao at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum set to open in Yokohama next month.

In their meeting, the two leaders confirmed they should return to the "starting point" of promoting a strategic, mutually beneficial relationship. If that is the case, we believe it is China's responsibility to completely retract the retaliatory measures it has taken following the collision incident near the Senkaku Islands.

Beijing must release a Japanese employee of Fujita Corp. who has been held since Sept. 20 for allegedly entering a military zone without permission. China has continued to hold him despite releasing three other Japanese employees of the company.
China must also normalize its exports of rare earth minerals to Japan.

The Kan administration must show a resolute stance against China in handling problems concerning Japan's sovereignty and maritime interests, even as it deepens ties with China in trade and other fields.


Release collision video

In the wake of the collision incident, Chinese authorities started deploying fisheries patrol boats near the Senkaku Islands around the clock.

Fishing boats in the vanguard, followed by fisheries patrol boats--this is exactly the same as the strategy China has taken in advancing into the South China Sea. We absolutely cannot overlook this.

The Kan administration must strongly demand China exercise self-restraint. It must also step up monitoring by the JCG.

In addition, the government must no longer, out of unnecessary consideration to China, hesitate to release JCG video footage of one of the collisions.

A recent Yomiuri Shimbun survey showed that about 70 percent of the public viewed Japanese prosecutors' release of the Chinese skipper as inappropriate. Of those, 40 percent said they thought this gave the impression that Japan would cave in when pressured.

More than 80 percent said they felt anxiety over the Democratic Party of Japan's handling of diplomatic affairs.

Kan must be fully aware that many people in the country are strictly scrutinizing the government, and he must proactively carry out diplomacy that serves the national interests.

(From The Yomiuri Shimbun, Oct. 6, 2010)
(2010年10月6日01時44分 読売新聞)

by kiyoshimat | 2010-10-07 05:48 | 英字新聞

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