Could neo-nationalist leaders join hands across the world? Vladimir Putin (Russia) and Narendra Modi (India) in Goa, 2016
BEIJING -- It will embolden Japan to act more aggressively and could even drag the U.S. into a war it never intended.
No one was injured by the explosion at the controverial Yasukuni shrine.
While the U.S. and Japan have no aggressive designs on China, Beijing understandably looks uneasily at the alliance of its old enemy with the globe's dominant power. Thus, China is developing a military capable of confronting American as well as Japanese military action, no easy task.
On the important 70th anniversary of the war's end, China is on heightened alert to Japan's official statements. It will be watching to see if Abe continues to free himself from the constitutional constraints that bar him from using military force proactively on a global scale. Unlike when the Cold War ended and Koizumi took over, Abe openly aspires to make Japan a great Asian power.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe blatantly paid homage to the Yasukuni Shrine on December 26th, 2013, which has drawn strong protests and condemnations from China, the ROK and other Asian nations. Here I would like to explain why his visit would spark such an outrage from the international community.
Just in case anyone was in doubt of his intentions, Shinzo Abe made a high-profile visit to Yasukuni Shrine in December, the first time for a Japanese prime minister in seven years. The real reason for Abe's visit, which elicited predictable outrage from Korea and China, was that he felt that he could get away with it.
If China wants a remilitarized, nuclear-capable, and reinvigorated samurai Japan on its flanks, it should keep doing exactly what it is doing.
The Chinese government denounced Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso on Thursday for making an offering earlier this week to