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Japan once again stands at the historic crossroads: Global Times editorial

2022-09-28 10:25:05       source:Global Times

September 28, 2022

September 29 marks the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties between China and Japan. The two sides have held a series of commemorative events recently, showing the goodwill of the friendly people from the two countries. However, the status quo of the bilateral ties, filled with difficulties, has cast some gloomy sentiment to the supposedly festive day. 

Given the influence of historical sentiments, geopolitics, changes in the balance of power and other factors, the sense of mistrust and strategic doubts between China and Japan are unprecedented in 50 years. The relationship between the two countries has once again come to a critical crossroads.

Just on Monday, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, along with visiting US Vice President Kamala Harris, pointed fingers at the Taiwan question. Chinese people do not understand: China has never owed Japan in history, yet why is Japan's hostility toward China so radical, which even surpasses that of the US? China has never regarded Japan as a "rival" or even an "enemy," but why does Japan regard China as an imaginary enemy in all respects?

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