Abe visits China, Beijing pressures Japan to sign RCEP to survive trade war

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Beijing on Monday. He will attend the eighth China-Japan-ROK leaders’ meeting in Chengdu, Sichuan province, on Tuesday.

The Chinese Communist regime has been taking every opportunity to spread hatred among Chinese citizens towards Japan during its 70-year reign. Now in order to survive the US-China trade war, Beijing wants to treat Japan as a cooperative partner instead of a threat by pressuring Japan to sign RCEP, the world’s largest trade deal backed by China.

During his meeting with the Chinese leaders on Monday, Abe urged Beijing to exercise self-restraint on Hong Kong.

China-Japan relationship

Japan was one of the first developed countries to provide economic aid to China after the Chinese government opened its door to foreign investments starting in the 1970’s. But the relationship between the two countries has been getting colder as China’s economic power rises. The escalating US-China trade war became a turning point for China-Japan relations at least on Beijing’s side. Apparently, Beijing wants to use Japan to survive its economic crisis.

Photo: the Chinese people took to the streets to protest against Japan in 2012.

In the eyes of the brainwashed Chinese people, Japan was the cruel invader during WWII defeated by the brave Chinese Communist Party. Japan never repents its crimes committed during WWII, because it has never publicly apologized for the Japanese army’s mass killing in China. The territorial disputes over the Diaoyu Islands (Senkaku Islands) have been used by the communist party to stir up anger towards Japan over and over.

Photo: On Sept 15, 2012, during one of the anti-Japanese protests, the mob turned violent towards Japanese cars on the streets. A “patriotic” young man called Cai Yang crushed the skull of a Chinese man for driving a Japanese car.

In China, only government-backed protests can take place without getting brutally crushed by the police as we have seen in Hong Kong. During one of the anti-Japanese protests on Sept 15, 2012, a “patriotic” young man crushed the skull of a middle-aged Chinese man only because the latter drove a Japanese car.

Beijing now wants to treat Japan as a cooperative partner instead of a threat to survive US-China trade war

During Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to China this week, the Chinese government underlined the need for China and Japan to “treat each other as cooperative partners instead of threats” in developing bilateral ties. The two countries should keep moving their relations forward along the right track in the spirit of “turning competition into coordination”.

Here is the official press release by the Chinese state media:

Both nations should adhere to the principles of the four political documents they signed in 1972, 1978, 1998 and 2008, to properly handle major sensitive issues and consolidate the political basis of bilateral ties. These are fundamental for developing the Sino-Japanese relationship in the new era, and must not be lightly treated and undermined.

The two countries should advance high-quality collaboration in jointly building the Belt and Road, as well as third-country market cooperation, and to strengthen pragmatic, mutually beneficial cooperation in such sectors as artificial intelligence, big data and the internet of things.

Both countries should also proactively foster a two-way, transparent and nondiscriminatory environment for innovation cooperation, tourism cooperation, people-to-people exchanges, as well as mutual support for hosting the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2020 and the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022.

The Chinese government underscored the importance of enhancing mutual trust in security issues and called on Japan to shoulder its international responsibilities, uphold multilateralism and promote free trade to advance the building of an open world economy.

Abe said frequent high-level exchanges between Japan and China this year have enhanced mutual understanding.

He said Japan-China relations have maintained good momentum for development, which is greatly significant for the peace, stability and prosperity of the region and even the world.

Japan considers the Chinese president’s state visit to Japan next spring to be very important, and Tokyo is willing to keep close communications to ensure the visit is a full success.

Japan stands ready to work with China to advance third-country cooperation, and intensify communication and coordination on regional issues, he added.

Bilateral trade between China and Japan reached more than $327 billion in 2018, rising 8.1 percent year-on-year. Since 2007, China has been Japan’s largest trade partner.

Abe urges Beijing to exercise self-restraint on Hong Kong

Hong Kong should “continue to be free and open”, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the Chinese government on Monday, as the Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests have been going on for over six months.

(Please click here to read more about Abe’s comments about Hong Kong on Monday.)

Japan’s position has been that it will not sign China-backed RCEP if India does not join

One of the key items for discussion during Abe’s visit to China is RCEP, the world’s largest trade deal backed by China.

  • A group of 15 Asia-Pacific countries is aiming to sign the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, or RCEP, in 2020.
  • The mega-deal started with 16 countries but India decided not to join the trade pact over concerns that it would hurt domestic producers.
  • The urgency to conclude RCEP increased after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled his country out of another major free trade agreement, the TPP.

India decided not to join the trade pact over concerns that it would hurt the South Asian country’s domestic producers. Japan will not sign China-backed RCEP if India does not join.

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Dec. 24, 2019