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PacNet #18A – Silence is Golden

Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s controversial statements about “comfort women” have invited fierce criticism from the West. But it is noteworthy to observe how China and Korea have dealt with the issue. In a stark contrast to the past, they have been restrained: no organized demonstrations in Beijing or Seoul, no cancellations of government-to-government dialogues, and only muted, rueful comments from foreign ministries.