Japan PM Abe wants to replace landmark war apology (Reuters) – to summarize Abe’s strategy: crush the JPY even as China is alienated so much not a single Japanese export goes to Beijing. Brilliant
Chinese Think Tank: “Conflict With Japan Inevitable”
Shinzo Abe’s re-election on the basis of his monetary policy aggression plans have sent the JPY reeling (as he hoped for) and the NKY soaring – but it is his more aggressive perspective on patriotism that could lead to far greater problems. As the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences recently noted,all eyes are fixed on Abe as “Japan’s nationalization of the Diaoyu Islands destroyed the framework for keeping a balance, which means ‘shelving a conflict’,” a Chinese diplomatic source said, adding that “China has no political methods to return the situation to the (pre-nationalization) state. Therefore, there are no other ways except for looking for a new framework.” As a precondition for establishing the framework, an executive of the think tank said, “Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should not take actions that heighten the tensions further. It is the same as a game of go. If Japan escalates the conflict, China will be prepared to respond to the move.” As a result, Japan-China relations will enter into a highly volatile period, ruining any hope of a resurgence in Japan’s real economy, and more worryingly, the think-tank concludes, China’s conflict with Japan is inevitable.
With the rise of China as Asia’s leading economic power, a Chinese government think tank says the nation’s conflict with Japan over the Senkaku Islands is inevitable at a time when its bilateral relations are changing as a consequence.
The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) also said in its annual report that the two countries’ relationship will enter into a highly unstable period.
While thinking that the conflict over the islands could be prolonged, China is now paying attention to what action the new Japanese government, headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will take.
The “report on the development of the Asia-Pacific region” points out that China’s rapid development is raising anxieties in surrounding nations, forcing them into taking precautions and requiring them to accept the “readjustment” of the power balance.
China’s Newest And Deadly Warship Has Entered The South China Sea
As five other countries claim ownership of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, and its supposed billions of oil and gas deposits, China’s backing its claim by sending the newest warship it has to the region.
The Taiwan owned China Times reports the Liuzhou Type 054A warship entered the South China Sea Fleet of China’s PLA Navy, making it the sixth 054 warship in the area.
Though the Type 054A is not a new design, this most recently commissioned vessel will have the latest technological advantages.
From China Times:
Liuzhou is currently considered one of China’s most advanced surface combat Type 054A vessels. It has a stealthy hull design with sloped surfaces and radar absorbent materials. Equipped with a medium-range air defense missile system, the vessel is capable of destroying air targets at a distance up to 50 km. Although it is not as lethal as the Russian-built Sovremenny class and domestic destroyers, the new frigate still serves well as a multi-role warship in the Chinese fleet.