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Beijing threatens Tokyo against rearming talk and joining U.S. 'containment' policy

Beijing threatens Tokyo against rearming talk and joining U.S. 'containment' policy

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com China-Japanese relations have been plunged into their lowest point since several weeks of rabid anti-Japanese riots in a dozen-odd Chinese cities in 2005.The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership has lifted its tight control over Chinese NGOs and allowed nationalistic groups to hold protests in Beijing against Japanese occupation of the Diaoyu […]

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China announces break in contacts with Japan, without informing Tokyo

BEIJING – Japan said Monday it was not officially informed of China’s decision to break off high-level government contacts over the extended detention of a fishing boat captain arrested after a ship collision near disputed islands. The rare move pushed already tense relations to a new low, and showed China’s willingness to play hardball with […]

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Japan frees crew of Chinese trawler, Beijing's state media reports

Japan frees crew of Chinese trawler, Beijing's state media reports

BEIJING (AFP) – Japan on Monday released the crew of a Chinese fishing trawler involved in a collision with two Japanese coastguard vessels in disputed waters, China’s state media reported. The incident sparked a diplomatic row between the Asian powers, with China calling off planned talks over oil and gas fields in a contested area […]

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Storm clouds loom over Japan: Where have you gone, Junichiro Koizumi?

Storm clouds loom over Japan: Where have you gone, Junichiro Koizumi?

By Sol W. Sanders Japan’s ship of state has sailed into the perfect storm. The ruling Democratic Party of Japan’s leadership battle set for Sept. 15 will only contribute to the miasma. Whether Prime Minister Naoto Kan hangs on or challenger Ichiro Ozawa ousts him, neither has demonstrated a talent for attacking the country’s deep, […]

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