Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)

Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)
Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Is the Western Media Right?-V/Obama Will Choose China or Japan-III

Hu Jintao became the third world leader (previous two leaders: Mexico and India) to be honor by  red carpet treatment during his Washington visit. He was greeted by Vice President Joe Biden at the airport, got a 21-gun salute, had a wonderful state dinner besides the usual private dinner with President Barack Obama, and met with both political and business leaders in Washington and Chicago. “China is a global player -- regardless of whether it is a global power – and its policies have an impact around the world. . . . Japan should not be threatened by a positive U.S.-China relationship – just as Washington should not be concerned as Tokyo and Beijing forge their partnership. These are not zero-sum relationships. . . . While China’s foreign policy process remains opaque, most observers fault Beijing for tensions in the relationship and believe that Beijing’s new muscularity reflects a judgment that the regional balance of power is shifting to its advantage and that China is in better position to push its agenda (Japan Times 27 January 2011).” Well, Japan got a chance “as the number one” position in the 1980s, but the minimum impact on the world stage has remained. Maybe it is time for both politicians and business leaders in Japan to think about “why.”

Source: Global Times (access date: 10 March 2011).
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