China And Japan Relations Reach Lowest Point In A Decade
“On Aug. 6, the same day Hiroshima held a peace memorial to mark the 68th anniversary of atomic bombing, Japan unveiled at a port near Tokyo the largest warship of its Maritime Self-Defense Force,” the editorial in Xinhua states. Furthermore, the paper contends the launch of “a de facto aircraft carrier is in flagrant violation of Japan’s pacifist constitution, and another alarming sign as the Japanese government is mulling to ditch peace commitment and bolster the country’s military forces.”
The editorial is ironic given China’s recent provocations in Japanese territorial waters near the Senkaku islands, which are at the center of a dispute between the two nations. The ships remained in the waters near islands disputed with Japan for a record 28 hours, which is the longest time since Japan bought the islands last year, reports Bloomberg News.
The maneuvers marked the latest incursion by Chinese government ships in recent months and reflect the continuing erosion of relations between China and Japan. In fact, a recent survey found the Japanese and Chinese people hold the least favorable views of each others in almost a decade.
A poll conducted by the state-run China Daily and the Japanese think tank Genron NPO found a total of 92.8 percent of Japanese people have a bad or relatively bad impression of China, while 90.1 percent of Chinese have similar feelings towards Japan.
In a side note, CNN reports that the People’s Liberation Army has developed an online game in which players can inhabit the role of China’s military to take on Japanese forces. The game originated as a training tool for China’s military and the opponent was the US.
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