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PacNet #20 – What China can do to improve Sino-Japanese relations?

Sino-Japanese political relations are at stalemate due to Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi Junichiro’s insistence on visiting Yasukuni Shrine where 14 class-A war criminals are enshrined together with other war dead. The Chinese people are frustrated. We think that we are generous with Japan, exempting it from war indemnities when the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1970s. But some Japanese politicians are so stubborn in visiting the shine that it seems as if they want to deliberately insult the feelings of the Chinese and Korean people. The deterioration of bilateral relations serves neither Japanese nor Chinese interests. The two countries must work together to get their political relations out of difficulty. From China’s side, certain things can be done.