Japan’s U.S. Envoy Calls For Calm Amid Tensions With China

Kenichiro Sasae wants to see a "very constructive dialogue" in 2014

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A Japanese cost guard vessel sails in front of a disputed island in the East China Sea

Japan’s ambassador to the United States, Kenichiro Sasae, has called on the two countries to remain cool-headed and stop provoking each other.

“There is no reason for us to be always bickering and arguing,” the ambassador said at an event Wednesday in Washington, D.C., according to GlobalPost. Relations between Beijing and Tokyo have been especially tense since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited a controversial war shrine in Tokyo in December.

Sasae expressed hopes that China and Japan could instead embark on a “very constructive dialogue” in 2014.

His appeal fell on the same day the top U.S. intelligence official, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, warned the Senate about the increasing risk of conflict in East Asia.

Clapper said that it is likely that China will continue a “hard-line stance” toward Japan in the territorial dispute over the Japanese administered Senkaku Islands, AP reports. (China refers to the Senkaku Islands as the Diaoyu Islands.)

The intelligence official also predicted that the competing claims over territory, along with historical resentments, will continue to generate friction and “occasional incidents” in the East and South China Sea.

8 comments
GuoLiang
GuoLiang

 History is the past. The current danger to the Asian race is Western ideologies.



RobertNguyen
RobertNguyen

Japan and the countries in the region are much better off  to speak less and be prepared for war. The Chinese already has their invasion plan, working the plan and moving forward.

Boycott all Chinese made goods now - even with US designed, as a dollar spend on the Chinese economy is a dollar used for weapon to kill us later...

otmnykmch
otmnykmch

Japanese always remains calm. Only China and Korea make fuss. Having constructive dialogue with them is harder than teaching how to read a bible to dogs.

George123
George123

We do have evidence that Japan is going to extreme right direction that will lead the return of the evil imperial Japan army. Accomplishment of Abe in 2013:
1. Deny Tokyo Trial
2. Deny comfort women.
3. Deny WWII war crimes
4. Changing constitution for imperail army return and bring back evil emperor to be head of States.
5. Openly admitted himself an extreme right member in front of UN.
6. Increase military spending even under US protection. 2013 military spending: Japan is 36% of China, and China is 24% of US and Abe is cryig in loud voice to the world on China military spending.
7. Worshipped the ghostly Shrine as an insult to all WWII victims, insult to US and insult to the world.
8. Keeping the stolen islands that is not belong to Japan.
9. Changing school text and put wrong history to school children.
10. Still not repent from WWII compare with Germany which is much much better than Japan.

PepilloHephaes
PepilloHephaes

@RobertNguyen  


Are u a Japanese?  I advise all commenters here to declare their nationality to ensure that the readers of the comments will not be biased. 
What I see from your comment is a paucity of evidence and an avalanche of sentimentality. Far from being an analysis, your comment is only exacerbating the misunderstanding between the two regions and galvanizing people into irrational actions. 
Living in this globalised village, we shall never, never and never let nationalism hold sway. No race, please learn past lessons, is more superior. 
As a millennial Hong Konger, I know exactly what Japanese did to Chinese people from my history books: Nanjing Massacre, macabre 'scientific' experiments done on Chinese people by 731 team, just to name a few. But I never allow hatred to be engraved in myself. And I respect every race on this earth as much as I do for my own race (Han Zu). I don't know what the f*** national glory is, I only know that respect for others is the ultimate manifestation of personal glory. I am millennial and I know it. 

p56741944
p56741944

@George123

We oppose Chinese peace-threatening behaviours in the East China Sea.
China is bulling Japan because they know Japan can't do anything against it because of the peace Constitution.