Thursday, December 30, 2010
The 30th Anniversary of Sino-Japanese Peace Treaty
The paramount Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping went Tokyo and signed the China-Japan Peace and Friendship Treaty with the Japanese Prime Minister Fukuda Takeo in October 23, 1978. The year 2008 is the 30th anniversary of the peace treaty. Unfortunately, there is no cause for celebration regarding Sino-Japanese relations. A few reasons can be summarized. There are a few reasons for this. First, the meltdown of Wall Street has become a daily headline. Addressing the financial crisis is a bigger priority for both Japan and China. Second, the stability of Japanese politics is an issue. No one knows how long Aso Taro can stay in power. Within two years, three prime ministers have been changed: Abe Shinzo (9 months), Fukuda Yasuo (about 11 months), and Aso Taro (unknown). Third, Japan lacks a charismatic politician who can show leadership in both domestic and international arenas. Therefore, the Japanese side cannot promise anything to China as it will lead to rebellion inside Japanese politics. Basically, political power in Japanese politics has been inherited through family dynasties, preventing talent people from getting into politics.