Japanese Diplomat Warns China to Not Become Asia’s ‘Voldemort’

Barb comes four days after a Chinese diplomat accused Japan of becoming the noseless Harry Potter arch-villian

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Japan’s ambassador to the U.K. dispensed with diplomatic niceties in a Sunday op-ed in The Telegraph that warned China not to play the role of “Voldemort,” the noseless wicked wizard of Harry Potter fame. China’s ambassador lobbed the same unflattering comparison at Japan in a Jan. 2 op-ed.

The dueling articles centered on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s trip to a shrine where several convicted war criminals are interred. Japan’s Keiichi Hayashi noted that during the visit Abe renewed a pledge for “everlasting peace” and intended “by no means to pay homage to war criminals.”

He contrasted Japan’s 68-year record of democracy and a stated “commitment to peace” with China’s recent military buildup. “It is ironic that a country that has increased its own military spending by more than 10% a year for the past 20 years should call a neighbour ‘militarist,’” he opined.

“Voldemort,” on the other hand, seems to be fair game in the increasingly heated war of words between the East Asian neighbors’ diplomatic corps.

[The Telegraph]

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Read more: Chinese Envoy Calls Japanese PM Abe the ‘Biggest Troublemaker in Asia’ | TIME.com http://world.time.com/2014/01/16/troublemaker-chinas-critique-of-japanese-pm-abe-extends-to-africa/#ixzz2tAAiACbS

RobertNguyen
RobertNguyen

Asia will not be stable and at peace ever again until China is carved into 6 different countries as it were in ancient times...

The chinks are just too bully, and can not learn to live within a civilized world order.

BelfredAlmarza
BelfredAlmarza

China love to Dig Trash again and again and made them solid excuses to wage conflict against japan.  Come on Chinks, if your wise enough appeal your case in international law like Philippines did.... For sure you wont  do it. I'am pretty sure you wont.

Titanus
Titanus

The Cultural Revolution killed 30 - 40 million Chinese; by their own government.  The Japanese killed tens of millions of Chinese in WWII.  Chinese fishing fleets deplete the oceans with illegal fishing practices while the Japanese insist on whale hunting (along with Norway and Iceland).  The Chinese steal every idea they can and the Japanese started and invaded the US in WWII.  The list can go on but as you can see there are no angels here as far as the US is concerned.

JenLi
JenLi

Please remember that China suffered 20 million casualties by Japanese invasion and hundreds of thousands of women raped, children butchered.   When American airmen were shot down and protected by local Chinese (Dolittle raids), Japanese butchered 250,000 Chinese civilians in revenge.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doolittle_Raid

Any wonder that the Chinese are still traumatized from their neighbor, former-best-buddy, look-alike but more courteous more graceful more pretty Japan's betrayal?

Any wonder that the Chinese felt deep self-doubt, self-blame, anger, pain, survivor's guilt?

No sane people could have survived the Chinese experience without severe PTSD clouding their judgement. It was enough to make people lose all faith in humanity and modernity, and easy to convince the Chinese that the only salvation is some ideologies, and easy to convince them that their friends Americans also were untrustworthy like the sweet-talking and courteous Japanese.

The problem is: why is America "pivoting to Asia" to "contain" China?   This foreign policy is hypocritical and counter-productive.   It looks like some illicit love child of Japanese right wing and American defense industry.   and it corrodes away the foundation of US-China trust built over a century of mostly US-China cooperation and alliance.  Worse of all, it gives Japan an excuse to trigger an US-China conflict that nobody but Japan wants, why?

Perhaps to revenge Hiroshima and Nagasaki.   Afterall, if the Pearl harbor sneak attack was justified self-defense, and if the Chinese deserved to be murdered in China by Japanese imperial army, and the Koreans deserved to be enslaved by Japanese, then the Japanese certainly don't blame themselves from the chain of events leading to the mushroom clouds.   Mr Abe and his right wing supporters want to revenge on both China and the US.   That's why the Voldemort comparison to Japan is very apt.   But turning the Voldemort comparison on the Chinese, not so apt.

http://thediplomat.com/2013/05/americas-pivot-to-asia-a-report-card/


Taishanese
Taishanese

It isn't right to hold China's 10% growth in military budget for the last 20 years against her.  This growth is merely a reflection of her economic growth of 10% for the last several decades.  Her military budget as a proportion of her economy hasn't increased that much if at all.

duduong
duduong

A totally one-sided lying article that does not even mention Japanese nationalization of the islands, which started the confrontation in the first place. The worst factual accusation in the article is "Beijing’s unilateral declaration of an Air Defence Identification Zone covering the islands"; once again, no mention of the fact that Tokyo unilaterally declared an ADIZ covering the same islands first. This professional Japanese liar calls an obviously reciprocal response a "provocation".

Japan is a nation of habitual liars. Who else has the thick skin to kill thousands of whales, put all the carcasses on supermarket shelves and call it "scientific research"?

Read "The resumption of so-called "scientific'' whaling in the Southern Ocean" on NZ Herald.

pasl
pasl

You got the money and power you call the shot that's what China are doing right now. Damn bloody corrupted !!!!! 

jalangaya
jalangaya

Chinese leaders probably don't spend much time reading silly English children's books.

prastagus
prastagus

yes except US is shielding Japan from reprecussions of their actions because it needs their land for bases, thus USA can even let thousands of Japanese war criminals escape the War Trial while make sure every last Nazi war criminal gets theres. China has no one to shield it.

prastagus
prastagus

SO was the atomic bombs and the Holocaust. Haven't seen Japan forgive USA or Jews forgive the Nazis. Your point is?