China media fairer toward Japan

From the Japan Times: “On Sino-Japanese relations, we can see some changes toward being more restrained, more analytical and less emotional,” said Liang Yunxiang, an associate professor in international relations at Peking University. This approach to China’s Japan coverage, different from a year ago when Chinese media omitted Japan’s perspectives or ran only negative Japanese […]

Hu Meets Japanese Party Officials

From Xinhua: President Hu Jintao met with the secretaries-general of Japan’s two ruling coalition parties in Beijing on Sunday, calling on both countries to work for the long-term healthy and stable development of bilateral relations. He said strengthening dialogue and communication with them would have a positive impact on improving and promoting China-Japan relations when […]

Willy Lam: Anti-Japanese protests pose long-term challenges for Beijing

In the Jamestown Foundation’s China Brief (via Asia Media), Willy Lam writes: It is not surprising that President Hu Jintao and his colleagues decided in mid-April to cool down anti-Japanese protests: a body blow has been dealt to China’s reputation as a responsible member of the global community. The fact that the Chinese Communist Party […]

Bennett Richardson: Anti-Japan protests may signal power struggle

From Asia Times: Anti-Japan violence, statements and other developments in China suggest the recent political situation in Beijing has been less stable than outward appearances indicate and that a hidden power struggle may have occurred during the past few weeks of unrest. State-run newspapers in China have recently suggested that the anti-Japan riots across the […]

China To Japan: Words Not Enough

From AP: Chinese President Hu Jintao on Saturday urged Japan to reflect on its World War II aggression and back up its apologies with action, after meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in a bid to ease tensions between the two Asian powers. In a rare public statement, Hu also demanded that Tokyo not […]

China tries to patch its torn image

From the Christian Science Monitor: Now, after three weekends of angry anti-Japanese street protests, authorities in Beijing appear to have decided that the largely student-led campaign to target Japanese businesses and diplomatic buildings may be harming China’s image abroad and creating tensions in the region – and could pose a domestic challenge if sentiments among […]



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