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  • Japan: Plum tree planted by China's Jiang in Sendai cut down(another anti-China act?)

    05/10/2005 9:48:00 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 393+ views
    Japan Today ^ | 05/11/05
    Plum tree planted by China's Jiang in Sendai cut down Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 05:37 JST SENDAI — A plum tree planted in 1998 by then Chinese President Jiang Zemin in a park in Sendai, capital of Miyagi Prefecture, has been cut down, the Sendai city government said Tuesday. Police said they have begun investigating the incident, suspecting it is related to the recent series of anti-Japan rallies in China. (Kyodo News)
  • US steps up pressure on China over North Korea

    05/10/2005 1:46:34 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 21 replies · 372+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/10/05 | AFP
    The United States has pressed China to use all of its "tools in the box" to bring North Korea back to negotiations on its nuclear arms program, a State Department official said. But the official, who asked not to be named, stopped short of confirming reports that top US envoy Christopher Hill asked Beijing to cut off fuel to the North Koreans but was rebuffed by the Chinese. Washington has made no secret that it was counting largely on China to woo Pyongyang back to the stalled six-party nuclear talks that also include Japan, Russia and South Korea. "What we...
  • U.S. demanded China to resolve stalemate in 6 party talks by July(is the DEADLINE)

    05/10/2005 8:00:26 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 508+ views
    Kyodo News ^ | 05/10/05
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20050510-00000152-kyodo-int/begin my translationU.S. demanded China to resolve stalemate in 6 party talks by JulyKyodo News 05/10/05[Washington] It has been known today that U.S. recently asked China, the chair-nation of 6-party talks, to resolve the (current) situation by July, 2005, so that N. Korea can return to the negotiation table, according to sources on U.S.-China relations. It appears that they have put pressure through China in order to block the preparation for N. Korean nuclear test, which is the cherished goal of the International Community.In addition to the coincidence that coming late June is the  one year anniversary of 6 party talk,  the deep...
  • North Korea Says U.S. Making 'fuss' by Notifying Allies of Possible Nuclear Test

    05/10/2005 3:39:17 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 2 replies · 291+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 10, 2005 | In-Young Bang
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea accused the United States on Tuesday of making a fuss by notifying allies of the communist nation's possible preparations for a nuclear test, and maintained it would stay away from international disarmament talks. "The United States is making a fuss saying that it was notifying the International Atomic Energy Agency, Japan and other related countries of its own opinion that our republic may conduct an underground nuclear test in June," the North's main state-run Rodong Sinmun daily wrote in a commentary, according to the country's official Korean Central News Agency. However, the North...
  • North Korea 'Has Six Nuclear Weapons'

    05/08/2005 5:38:41 PM PDT · by blam · 19 replies · 1,006+ views
    North Korea 'has six nuclear weapons' (Filed: 09/05/2005) The United Nations' main nuclear watchdog believes that North Korea has up to six nuclear weapons, its chief said yesterday. Asked by CNN whether it was its assessment that the North Koreans already had as many as six nuclear bombs, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, said: "I think that would be close to our estimation. "We knew they had the plutonium that could be converted into five or six weapons. We know that they have the delivery system." According to US intelligence reports, Pyongyang is believed to...
  • China warns Japan against using Taiwan as political card

    05/08/2005 4:29:13 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 645+ views
    Japan Today ^ | 05/08/05
    China warns Japan against using Taiwan as political card Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 00:16 JST BEIJING — Chinese State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan on Saturday expressed strong concern over Japan's recent actions and comments over Taiwan, and warned Tokyo not to use the island as a "political card" against Beijing, a Japanese lawmaker said. Taku Yamasaki, a legislator and special adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, told a press conference Tang made the comments in a meeting with him in the Chinese capital. Tang in particular expressed displeasure over Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura's remarks last week in New...
  • U.S. presses China to back off

    05/08/2005 3:38:20 AM PDT · by Paul_Denton · 6 replies · 345+ views
    The Japan Times ^ | Sunday May 8. 2005
    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) A senior U.S. administration official told visiting Japanese lawmakers that the United States has directly urged China not to block Japan's bid to become a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, delegation chief Fukushiro Nukaga said. U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns also revealed that he has conveyed concerns over the recent anti-Japan rallies in China and has called on China, as well as South Korea, to mend their soured ties with Japan, Nukaga told reporters after a meeting Friday between Burns and the Japanese delegation. Burns told the defense-related delegation of ruling coalition...
  • Japan reiterates demand for apology over China protests, Beijing refuses

    05/08/2005 3:29:12 AM PDT · by Paul_Denton · 6 replies · 293+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | Sunday, May 08, 2005,Page 1
    Japan yesterday renewed a demand that China apologize and compensate for sometimes violent anti-Japanese protests as their foreign ministers tried to find a way through a series of bitter disputes. Two weeks after the two nations' leaders held a summit in Indonesia, Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura said he had a "frank" meeting with his Chinese counterpart Li Zhaoxing (—›”£¯) on the neighbors' tense ties. "We had a frank exchange of views," Machimura said in brief comments to reporters after the one-hour, 35-minute meeting. "It was a meaningful meeting." Asked if he asked for an apology and compensation for protests...
  • Japan, China clash over past but look to move forward

    05/07/2005 4:01:35 PM PDT · by maui_hawaii · 1 replies · 210+ views
    Japan and China clashed over memories of the past but agreed to take small steps forward including a joint study of their history to get their relations off rock bottom. In talks between foreign ministers, Japan and China traded demands over rows including anti-Japanese demonstrations in China, the Taiwan issue, and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to a war shrine. But Nobutaka Machimura of Japan and China's Li Zhaoxing agreed to try to repair their relations. China refused to apologize for protesters' damage to Japanese interests but promised to study whether to offer compensation, officials said Saturday. The sometimes...
  • China said to reject plan to cut off N.Korea oil (still playing games)

    05/07/2005 4:48:22 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 434+ views
    Reuters ^ | 05/07/05
    China said to reject plan to cut off N.Korea oil 34 minutes ago WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China rejected a U.S. envoy's proposal to cut off North Korea's oil supply as a way to pressure the reclusive government to return to disarmament talks, The Washington Post reported on Saturday. Chinese government officials rebuffed the U.S. idea, claiming it would damage their pipeline, the newspaper said citing unnamed U.S. officials briefed on the talks. In a meeting in Beijing on April 26, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill raised the suggestion of a "technical" interruption of fuel. But Chinese official Yang...
  • China’s economy is a stunted giant

    05/06/2005 8:54:13 PM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 53 replies · 1,553+ views
    Brookes News ^ | March 21, 2005 | Peter Zhang
      China’s economy is a stunted giantPeter ZhangBrookesNews.ComMonday 21 March 2005 Many American conservatives pay a great deal of attention to China’s military ambitions and potential — and so they should. But to do so while ignoring China’s economic situation is to show poor judgement. Beijing fully understands, even if most of these conservatives do not, that to successfully wage full-scale war against a highly advanced economy requires an economy at a similar stage of development. When several years ago Jiang Zemin stated that we “should focus our limited funds on cutting-edge areas of military science and technology” he certainly...
  • Japan to give North Korea a deadline for discussions

    05/06/2005 8:13:37 PM PDT · by Paul_Denton · 22 replies · 495+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | Saturday, May 07, 2005,Page 4
    Japan to give North Korea a deadline for discussions AFP , Washington and Kyoto, JapanSaturday, May 07, 2005,Page 4 Japan is expected to propose a deadline for North Korea to attend nuclear talks or face action at the UN Security Council, a senior official of Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's political party said Thursday. Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura might discuss this proposal with his Chinese counterpart Li Zhaoxing (—›”£¯) while attending the Asia-Europe Meeting this weekend at the Japanese ancient city of Kyoto. Machimura indicated at a parliamentary meeting recently that he might raise this issue with the Chinese...
  • China defends diplomacy on NKorea, SKorea says Beijing can do more

    05/06/2005 2:08:14 PM PDT · by Righty_McRight · 1 replies · 179+ views
    AFP ^ | May 6, 2005 | AFP
    KYOTO, Japan, (AFP) - China rebuffed criticism that it was not putting enough pressure on North Korea to resume talks to end its nuclear program, saying it had limited influence on Pyongyang and needed other nations to do more. The United States, Japan and South Korea have all called on China to intervene further with Pyongyang, which relies on Beijing as its main ally, after the Stalinist state suspended talks indefinitely and boasted of a nuclear deterrent. "China has done a very good job. But China alone is not enough," Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing told reporters at a meeting...
  • [Hideaki Kaneda]Reforming Japan's constitution

    05/06/2005 10:39:03 AM PDT · by snowsislander · 6 replies · 280+ views
    Korea Herald ^ | May 6, 2005 | Hideaki Kaneda
    "Reform with no sacred cows" was Junichiro Koizumi's slogan when he became prime minister five years ago, and no cow here is more sacred than our "peace" constitution. So it should be no surprise that, as Koizumi moves toward the end of his second and final term in office, his efforts to reform the constitution to allow Japan more effectively to defend world peace are gathering pace. In mid-April, the Constitution Review committee of Japan's House of Representatives issued a final report on the fundamental problems facing Japan's constitution and submitted it to the Chair of House of the Diet....
  • Chinese Police Head Off Anti-Japan Protests

    05/06/2005 9:33:19 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 429+ views
    NYT ^ | 05/05/06 | JIM YARDLEY
    Chinese Police Head Off Anti-Japan Protests Claro Cortes IV/Reuters Tiananmen Square was closed Wednesday morning for a youth pageant. It reopened under heavy security. By JIM YARDLEYPublished: May 5, 2005 BEIJING, May 4 - Thousands of police officers in Beijing and Shanghai stood guard on Wednesday in a show of force to ensure that one of China's most sensitive political anniversaries did not erupt into a new wave of angry protests against Japan. Greg Baker/Associated Press Chinese paramilitary police officers stood guard Wednesday at the Japanese Consulate in Shanghai. The May 4 anniversary, a pivotal date in defining modern Chinese...
  • Japan threatens N Korea with UN

    05/06/2005 3:10:46 AM PDT · by jmc1969 · 14 replies · 426+ views
    Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura has again warned North Korea to return to nuclear talks or face being taken to the UN Security Council. He was speaking on the sidelines of an Asia-Europe meeting (Asem) being held in the Japanese city of Kyoto. The warning came amid fresh reports of intelligence suggesting North Korea may be about to test a nuclear weapon for the first time. The North has not taken part in the six-nation talks for almost year.
  • Experts urge Japan to rethink plutonium plant

    05/06/2005 3:06:14 AM PDT · by snowsislander · 7 replies · 252+ views
    Reuters Alertnet ^ | May 5, 2005 | Louis Charbonneau
    UNITED NATIONS, May 5 (Reuters) - A group of 27 scientists, nuclear experts and former officials urged Japan on Thursday to rethink a nearly completed plutonium reprocessing plant that could produce fuel for 1,000 warheads each year. "Japan is about to join several nuclear-weapon states as a producer of separated plutonium on an industrial scale," the experts said in a joint letter posted on the Web site of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a U.S. nonprofit organization focusing on environmental and nuclear safety issues. The letter said the plant could produce up to 8 metric tons of plutonium a year...
  • Veterans to protest Japan's refusal to apologize; revisionist textbooks deny war crimes...

    05/05/2005 6:59:27 PM PDT · by MagnusMaximus1 · 27 replies · 1,029+ views
    American Coalition for Filipino Veterans, Inc. MEDIA ADVISORY Contact: Eric Lachica or Ms. Maurese Owens CELL: 202 246-1998 or 703 606-8796 May 6 Noon Protest: Japan Ambassador's No Apology WASHINGTON, DC - Elderly Filipino American WWII veterans and family survivors will hold a news conference on Friday May 6 at NOON 12:15 PM outside the Japanese Embassy to protest the recent controversial Japanese government approval of junior high school textbooks "whitewashing" the atrocities committed by their military during WWII. The Japanese Embassy is located at 2520 Massachusetts Avenue NW ( 5 blocks north of DUPONT METRO) The veteran' group's goal...
  • Japan flexes its military muscles with US support

    05/05/2005 4:08:55 PM PDT · by Paul_Denton · 24 replies · 1,127+ views
    Japan flexes its military muscles with US support AP , OVER THE EAST CHINA SEAThursday, May 05, 2005,Page 5 In a delicate ballet 7,500m above the open sea, four Japanese F-15s pull up to a US Air Force tanker, the insignia of the rising sun shining from their wings. One by one, they maneuver into range of the tanker's refueling boom, hold their position, then dip their wings and vanish. American military planners say it's the look of the future -- a deeply interwoven relationship with a credible Japanese ally ready to deploy overseas and share the burden of keeping...
  • China "shocked" by Japan's comments on Taiwan

    05/05/2005 7:24:46 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 35 replies · 1,038+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 05/04/05
    China "shocked" by Japan's comments on Taiwan www.chinaview.cn 2005-05-04 22:46:43 BEIJING, May 4 (Xinhuanet) -- China expressed shock at Japanese Foreign Minister Machimura Nobutaka's recent comments on Taiwan, which Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan said interfere in China's internal affairs. In a recent speech delivered in New York, Machimura talked about making Taiwan a common strategic target of Japan and the United States, saying it did not have any disagreement with Japan's Taiwan policy so far. He said this could not be taken as an expansion of Japan's defense line to Taiwan because Taiwan is an original target of the...
  • U.S. Mulls Stationing 2 Carriers in Japan(much closer to China than Hawaii)

    05/05/2005 6:10:55 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 51 replies · 1,199+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 05/05/05
    /begin my translationU.S. Mulls Stationing 2 Carriers in Japan Tokyo: Yonhap News05/05/05 As a part of reorganizing overseas deployments, U.S. military is considering the Sasebo naval base as the home port for two carriers which will be deployed in the Western Pacific, according to Tokyo Shimbun, quoting a U.S. military source in Japan today. The source also disclosed that U.S. military asked Japan to permit the use of Iwakuni base in Yamaguchi Perfecture as the living quarters for carrier-based aircraft crews.  U.S. government plans to deploy two aircraft carriers in the Western Pacific. Pearl Harbor has been the leading candidate, while U.S. have...
  • Report: Japan, U.S. to push U.N. Security Council for economic sanctions on North Korea

    05/04/2005 11:38:07 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 415+ views
    AP ^ | 05/05/05
    Thursday May 5, 8:30 AM Report: Japan, U.S. to push U.N. Security Council for economic sanctions on North Korea Japan and the United States may begin taking steps this month toward asking the U.N. Security Council to impose economic sanctions on North Korea for failing to return to nuclear disarmament talks, a Japanese newspaper reported Thursday. Deeming it unlikely that North Korea will return to the six-nation negotiations over its nuclear weapons program, Tokyo and Washington are ready to resume the talks without Pyongyang and push for the issue to be submitted to the council, the Sankei newspaper reported without...
  • N. Korea: Cheney sees U.S. putting top priority on E. Asia: Aso(N. Korea, priority No.1)

    05/04/2005 9:26:01 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 336+ views
    Kyodo News ^ | 05/04/05
    Wednesday May 4, 9:28 AM Cheney sees U.S. putting top priority on E. Asia: Aso (Kyodo) _ U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney told a visiting group of Japanese ruling coalition lawmakers Tuesday that the United States will shift its top priority to East Asia, especially over nuclear issues, delegation leader Taro Aso said. Speaking to reporters after the group's meeting with Cheney, Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Aso said the vice president flatly denied as "no" when being told that the U.S. administration is focusing on Iraqi, Palestinian and other Middle East matters as well as Afghanistan. Cheney stressed that...
  • In criticizing Japan's history textbooks, Americans should think twice

    05/04/2005 7:14:53 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 26 replies · 1,007+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | May 4, 2005 | Jonathan Zimmerman
    NEW YORK – Should history textbooks make you love your country? Most people would say "yes." And that's why textbooks inevitably distort the past - even here, in the good old USA. Americans like to think they've reckoned with their history, while other nations remain mired in propaganda and distortion. Americans should think again. Consider the recent controversy over history textbooks in Japan. Last month, Chinese and Korean protesters took to the streets to condemn a new set of Japanese junior high school texts. The books omit mention of "comfort women," the roughly 200,000 females - mostly from Korea and...
  • China: No anti-Japan protests in China, square closed

    05/04/2005 6:38:25 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 207+ views
    Reuters ^ | 05/04/05
    Wednesday May 4, 6:39 PM No anti-Japan protests in China, square closed Chinese 18 year olds assemble at Tiananmen Square for a government-organised coming-of-age ceremony in Beijing May 4, 2005. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV Photo: Reuters BEIJING (Reuters) - Tiananmen Square was closed to the public on Wednesday and police guarded the Japanese embassy and ambassador's residence, but there were no signs of fresh anti-Japanese protests as China marked a sensitive anniversary. China has been nervous about a possible resurgence of anti-Japanese sentiment after three weekends of nationwide protests last month. The vast square was closed for a government-organised coming-of-age ceremony...
  • China: Anti-Japan protests may signal power struggle

    05/03/2005 5:27:23 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 253+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 05/03/05 | Bennett Richardson
    Anti-Japan protests may signal power struggle By Bennett Richardson TOKYO - Anti-Japan violence, statements and other developments in China suggest the recent political situation in Beijing has been less stable than outward appearances indicate and that a hidden power struggle may have occurred during the past few weeks of unrest. State-run newspapers in China have recently suggested that the anti-Japan riots across the country are part of a plot to destabilize the Chinese leadership, and have taken pains to emphasize the conciliatory tone of Chinese President Hu Jintao during a recent meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on the...
  • China:Beijing Finds Anti-Japan Propaganda a 2-Edged Sword(urban professionals upset)

    05/03/2005 5:12:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 775+ views
    NYT ^ | 05/03/05 | JOSEPH KAHN
    May 3, 2005 Beijing Finds Anti-Japan Propaganda a 2-Edged Sword By JOSEPH KAHN Eugene Hoshiko/Associated Press An anti-Japanese protest in Shanghai on April 16. Such sentiment is rife in China's urban middle class. Doug Kanter for The New York Times Li Bin, head of a chain of health clubs, say the Chinese government takes too soft a line against Japan's playing down of its wartime Doug Kanter for The New York Times Wang Liqun the founder of a paper company. EIJING, May 2 - Of all the customers his paper company has worldwide, Wang Liqun appreciates Japanese the most. Unfailingly...
  • Chinese fighter jets increasing sorties near Japan airspace

    05/02/2005 11:35:32 PM PDT · by Paul_Denton · 42 replies · 1,004+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | Tuesday, May 03, 2005,Page 5
    AP , TOKYOTuesday, May 03, 2005,Page 5 Advertising Japanese fighter jets scrambled 13 times last year in response to Chinese military aircraft approaching their airspace, up from only twice in 2003, amid growing tension between the two Asian neighbors over territorial disputes and other issues. Several of the Chinese aircraft were believed to be reconnaissance planes, said a Defense Agency spokeswoman on condition of anonymity. All turned away and no major confrontations were reported. She declined to provide further details on the approaching planes. The spokeswoman, however, said Tokyo will continue to monitor possible violations of its air space and...
  • Pakistan to give Japan details of AQ Khan's help to North Korea

    05/02/2005 1:23:03 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 263+ views
    The Times of India ^ | May 02 2005 | PTI
    ISLAMABAD: Japan has secured an assurance from Pakistan that it would share information about disgraced scientist A Q Khan’s past assistance to North Korea’s nuclear programme, but failed to win firm support for its bid for the permanent membership of the UN Security Council. Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi, who was here on a two-day visit, left Pakistan on Sunday after intense negotiations with President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on Saturday night. Koizumi, flanked by Aziz, told the media that he was satisfied with Gen Musharraf’s assurance of sharing information at Islamabad’s disposal about the assistance provided...
  • Teikoku eyes test-drilling in E. China Sea

    05/02/2005 12:40:25 AM PDT · by snowsislander · 1 replies · 129+ views
    Yomiuri Shimbun ^ | April 30, 2005
    Teikoku Oil Co., a major oil developer, applied Friday to the Kyushu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry for the right to test-drill in the East China Sea, an area claimed by Japan and China, which is developing natural gas fields there.Teikoku has requested the right to test-drill in three areas totaling 400 square meters believed to be rich in gas.On April 13, the government began procedures for private Japanese developers to establish rights to test-drill in natural gas fields, but Teikoku was the first to have submitted such an application.China has begun developing a natural gas field that is...
  • China Aims to Stop Anti-Japanese Violence(wants no show on May 4)

    05/01/2005 11:16:49 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 152+ views
    AP ^ | 04/30/05 | JOE McDONALD
    China Aims to Stop Anti-Japanese Violence By JOE McDONALD, Associated Press Writer Sat Apr 30,10:24 PM ET BEIJING - China launched a new effort Saturday to prevent anti-Japanese violence before a sensitive anniversary, warning against protests and calling on the public to express patriotism sensibly. Chinese leaders, warning of possible damage to important economic ties with Tokyo, have demanded calm following weeks of protests that left the Japanese Embassy in Beijing and a consulate damaged. Those demonstrations were prompted by new Japanese textbooks derided for allegedly whitewashing Tokyo's World War II-era abuses, opposition to Japan's campaign for a permanent U.N....
  • Report: N. Korea May Have Fired Missile

    05/01/2005 5:17:40 AM PDT · by Raycpa · 59 replies · 3,506+ views
    Report: N. Korea May Have Fired Missile 1 hour, 20 minutes ago The U.S. military informed Japan that North Korea may have fired a short-range missile toward the Sea of Japan on Sunday morning, Kyodo News service and national broadcaster NHK reported. The reports quoted unidentified government sources as saying that the U.S. military informed Japan's Defense Agency of the possible missile launch. The government was attempting to confirm the information, the reports said. The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and the U.S. military both refused to comment, and an official at the Japanese Defense Agency said he could not confirm...
  • Report: N. Korea May Have Fired Missile

    05/01/2005 3:23:58 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 24 replies · 880+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 5-1-05
    TOKYO - The U.S. military informed Japan that North Korea may have fired a short-range missile toward the Sea of Japan Sunday morning, Kyodo News service reported.
  • Covering the Map of the World — The Half-Century Legacy of the Yalta Conference, Part 2

    04/29/2005 4:24:24 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies · 923+ views
    Future for Freedom Foundation ^ | March 1995 | Richard M. Ebeling
    When Roosevelt was preparing to meet Stalin for the first time at the Teheran Conference in November 1943, William C. Bullett, former U. S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union, tried to explain the true brutal nature of Stalin and the Soviet regime to FDR. Roosevelt replied: Bill, I don't dispute your facts. They are accurate. I don't dispute the logic of your reasoning. I just have a hunch that Stalin is not that kind of man. Harry [Hopkins, Roosevelt's confidant and personal envoy to Stalin] says he's not and that he doesn't want anything but security for his country, and...
  • Covering the Map of the World—The Half-Century Legacy of the Yalta ConferencePart 6(Who Lost China)

    04/29/2005 4:05:57 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 728+ views
    Future of Freedom Foundation ^ | August 1995 | Richard M. Ebeling
    In 1940, the Japanese consul general in Harbin, Manchuria, intercepted several messages sent from the Soviet foreign minister, Vyacheslav Molotov, to the Soviet ambassador in Tokyo. In one of these messages, Molotov told his ambassador: "We concluded an 'Agreement with Germany' because a war is required in Europe" between the capitalist nations, to open the door for the future communization of the European continent. Molotov went on to explain that any peace settlement that would end the war between China and Japan "might destroy our work proceeding among the suppressed peoples of Asia, and . . . it would not...
  • Tokyo governor to visit southern islets amid dispute with China(in-your-face move)

    04/29/2005 8:52:40 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 537+ views
    AP ^ | 04/29/05
    Tokyo governor to visit southern islets amid dispute with China Tokyo's governor plans to visit a rocky outcrop south of the Japanese capital next month amid questions from China about the validity of Japan's claim of sovereignty over the islets and the surrounding seas. China says Okinotorishima, a pair of islets about 1,730 kilometers (1,070 miles) southwest of Tokyo, are only rocks _ not an island governed by rules of sovereignty _ and therefore can't be used by Japan to extend its economic zone while preventing Beijing from exploiting natural resources in the surrounding Pacific Ocean area. Governor Shintaro Ishihara...
  • Senior U.S. officials back Japan sanctions on N. Korea(more movement)

    04/29/2005 8:40:25 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 347+ views
    Kyodo News ^ | 04/28/05
    Thursday April 28, 9:17 AM Senior U.S. officials back Japan sanctions on N. Korea (Kyodo) _ Senior U.S. officials expressed support Wednesday for Japan to unilaterally impose economic sanctions on North Korea for failing to resolve the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by the North, according to the abductees' families and their supporters. Joseph DeTrani, special envoy for the six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program, and Deputy Defense Undersecretary for Asian and Pacific Affairs Richard Lawless conveyed the support in separate meetings with Teruaki Masumoto, secretary general of the Association of the Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea....
  • Japanese paper tells China not to divide Taiwan(Japan tells China what to do)

    04/28/2005 8:07:05 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 466+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 04/28/05
     Japanese paper tells China not to divide TaiwanCNA , TAIPEI Thursday, Apr 28, 2005,Page 1 The mass-circulation Japanese daily Mainichi Shimbun urged China yesterday not to use Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan's visit as a "political tool to divide Taiwan." Instead, Beijing should use the historic meeting between Lien and President Hu Jintao, the general-secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), as a "strategic tool to enter into peaceful dialogue with Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party [DPP]," the daily said in an editorial. If the KMT-CCP summit can develop into cross-strait dialogue -- that is, the resumption of...
  • China's Selective Memory

    04/28/2005 6:54:58 AM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 1 replies · 306+ views
    NYT ^ | 04.28.05 | PU ZHIQIANG
    China's Selective MemoryBy PU ZHIQIANG Published: April 28, 2005 ew HavenEVER since June 4, 1989, when the world's cameras embarrassed the Chinese government by recording the slaughter of unarmed protesters in Beijing, spring has been a sensitive period in Chinese politics. Public demonstrations of all kinds have been repressed as if they were vicious cancers. It is indeed news, then, that people have been protesting in the streets of Chinese cities about Japan's wartime past, its textbooks' reluctance to face history squarely, and its proposed accession to the United Nations Security Council. Of course, the fundamental nature of these protests...
  • When China Judges (Right about Japan, but wrong about itself and most everyone else.)

    04/28/2005 12:35:01 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies · 214+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 4/28/2005 | Philip Klein
    China, which is not known for its love of free speech, has been called hypocritical for condemning the way Japan's schoolbooks whitewash World War II. But the world would be better off if China displayed such hypocrisy more consistently. During a period of a few weeks starting in December 1937, the Japanese army invaded the Chinese city of Nanking, raped and tortured its people and murdered perhaps more than 300,000 Chinese civilians. The tragedy is often cited as the most horrific example of atrocities committed by Japan in its World War II campaigns in China and throughout Asia. Nearly 70...
  • State-Run Chinese Paper Lashes Anti-Japan Protests as 'Evil Plot'(POWER STRUGGLE?)

    04/27/2005 11:00:55 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 376+ views
    NYT ^ | 04/27/05 | JOSEPH KAHN
    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/27/international/asia/27china.htmlState-Run Chinese Paper Lashes Anti-Japan Protests as 'Evil Plot' By JOSEPH KAHN Published: April 27, 2005 EIJING, April 26 - A top Chinese state-run newspaper said in a staff editorial this week that the wave of popular protests against Japan were part of an "evil plot" with "ulterior motives," suggesting that at least some elements of the Chinese leadership now wish to portray the demonstrations as a conspiracy to undermine the Communist Party.The editorial, published in The Liberation Daily of Shanghai on Monday, used the most strident language to date in an escalating campaign against the anti-Japan protests, which officials...
  • Japan Criticizes China History Textbooks(you are wrong, too)

    04/27/2005 12:25:49 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 485+ views
    Herald Tribune(SW Florida) ^ | 04/24/05 | JOSEPH COLEMAN
    Japan Criticizes China History Textbooks By JOSEPH COLEMANAssociated Press Writer Chinese residents in Japan hold banners denouncing the Chinese communist party during an anti-Chinese communist party rally at a Tokyo park Sunday, April. 24, 2005. Hundreds of Chinese protesters rallied in support of the Japanese government. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye) Height (pixels): 512 Width (pixels): 363 TOKYO -- Japan opened a new front in its dispute with China on Sunday by sharply criticizing Beijing's history textbooks, signaling continued friction between the Asian powers despite high-profile diplomatic moves to quell tensions. Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura refuted Chinese claims that Japanese...
  • U.S. Says Fate of North Korea Nuclear Talks in Doubt(security council,nuke test...)

    04/27/2005 4:17:53 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 330+ views
    Reuters ^ | 04/27/05 | Lindsay Beck
    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=574&ncid=721&e=1&u=/nm/20050427/wl_nm/korea_north_china_dc U.S. Says Fate of North Korea Nuclear Talks in Doubt 4 minutes ago By Lindsay BeckBEIJING (Reuters) - The top U.S. diplomat on the North Korean nuclear crisis said on Wednesday that the fate of six-party talks on the issue was in doubt, signaling a limit to Washington's patience.     U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill arrived in Tokyo from Beijing as part of a whirlwind tour of the region aimed at finding a way to bring North Korea back into talks on its nuclear programs that have been stalled for nearly a year. China has hosted...
  • china: Today anti-Japan, tomorrow anti-Beijing?

    04/26/2005 5:53:43 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 634+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 04/27/05 | Aaron Kyle Dennis
    SPEAKING FREELYToday anti-Japan, tomorrow anti-Beijing?By Aaron Kyle Dennis Speaking Freely is an Asia Times Online feature that allows guest writers to have their say. Please click here if you are interested in contributing. SHANGHAI - What's at stake when 20,000 people in Shanghai take to the streets? On Saturday, April 16, at about 9:30 in the morning, throngs of Chinese took to the streets around Shanghai's People's Square. Armed with eggs, bottles, stones and a long-standing anti-Japanese nationalist sentiment, these angry patriots flowed like a river through 16 kilometers of the city, merging like flooded tributaries into a raging torrent of...
  • China Parades 'The Guilty' To Placate Japan

    04/26/2005 5:39:39 PM PDT · by blam · 1 replies · 426+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-27-2005 | Richard Spencer
    China parades 'the guilty' to placate Japan By Richard Spencer in Beijing (Filed: 27/04/2005) Chinese police have paraded 42 anti-Japanese protesters on television, in the clearest sign that the communist leadership is determined to halt violent demonstrations and set a friendlier tone towards Tokyo. Some of the detainees, caught on camera hurling bottles and vandalising Japanese restaurants and cars in Shanghai 11 days ago, made public confessions. "I let down my university, my teachers as well as my students," said Yin Xiufeng, a university physical education instructor. "I hope others can learn a lesson from me." The public display of...
  • China: Shanghai Detains 42 Tied to Japan Protests

    04/26/2005 6:56:37 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 269+ views
    AP ^ | 04/26/05 | ELAINE KURTENBACH
    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=516&ncid=731&e=10&u=/ap/20050426/ap_on_re_as/china_japan_protests World - AP Asia   Shanghai Detains 42 Tied to Japan Protests Tue Apr 26,12:05 AM ET By ELAINE KURTENBACH, Associated Press WriterSHANGHAI, China - Authorities in Shanghai have detained 42 people and formally arrested 16 accused of "disturbing social order" during recent anti-Japanese protests, in the government's sternest warning so far against further unrest, state media reported Tuesday. Mon Apr 25,10:57 PM ET Anti-Japanese protesters march with banners which read in Chinese 'Return to us Diaoyu Island,' below, and 'Protect our homeland with blood' through the street Saturday April 16, 2005 in Shanghai, China. Authorities in Shanghai have...
  • U.S. plays down talk of North Korea quarantine (David Kay predicts nuclear test by June 15th)

    04/25/2005 8:52:49 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 302+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 25, 2005 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials played down a report on Monday that the administration might seek a United Nations resolution empowering nations to intercept shipments in and out of North Korea that may contain nuclear-related materials. While acknowledging there may be some discussion of such a move, they said no proposal has been presented to senior policymakers, nor was there a decision to formally bring the issue of North Korea's nuclear programs to the U.N. Security Council. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told reporters traveling with her to Latin America that the United States' main way of dealing with...
  • N Korea warned over nuclear test ~~ by S. Korea....bout time...

    04/25/2005 11:18:14 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies · 311+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, 25 April, 2005, 08:36 GMT 09:36 UK | Charles Scanlon BBC News, Seoul
    N Korea warned over nuclear test By Charles Scanlon BBC News, Seoul US negotiator Christopher Hill (right) is holding talks in the region South Korea has warned North Korea not to conduct a nuclear test, following fresh warnings that the North is building up a nuclear arsenal. Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon said such a test would lead to further isolation of the communist state. Mr Ban made his comments shortly after American press reports of activity at potential North Korean test sites. Recent North Korean threats have rekindled fears of a dangerous confrontation over nuclear weapons. The North Korean...
  • Nuclear Test Would Threaten N.Korea's Future-Seoul

    04/24/2005 10:24:19 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 247+ views
    Yahoo - Reuters ^ | April 24, 2005
    SEOUL - Any move by North Korea to test a nuclear weapon would only isolate it further and jeopardize the future of the communist state, South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon was quoted as saying on Monday. The strong comments came amid growing concern about the North's continued refusal to resume multinational talks on its nuclear aims and after recent U.S. media reports that Pyongyang might be preparing for its first nuclear test. "If North Korea takes the reckless action of conducting a nuclear test, it will further deepen its isolation and take itself on a road where its future...
  • NYT: White House May Go to U.N. Over North Korean Shipments

    04/24/2005 10:18:42 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 11 replies · 467+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 25, 2005 | DAVID E. SANGER
    The Bush administration, facing a series of recent provocations from North Korea, is debating a plan to seek a United Nations resolution empowering all nations to intercept shipments in or out of the country that may contain nuclear materials or components, say senior administration officials and diplomats who have been briefed on the proposal. The resolution envisioned by a growing number of senior administration officials would amount to a quarantine of North Korea, though, so far at least, President Bush's aides are not using that word. It would enable the United States and other nations to intercept shipments in international...