China under the radar
Japan PM Apologizes for WWII Aggression
By AUDRA ANG, Associated Press Writer
Friday, April 22, 2005
(04-22) 09:56 PDT JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) --
Japan's prime minister apologized Friday for his country's World War II aggression in Asia in a bid to defuse tensions with regional rival China, but a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said the apology needed to be backed up with action after Japanese lawmakers made a controversial visit to a war shrine.
Just hours before Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi apologized, a Cabinet minister and more than 80 Japanese lawmakers visited a Tokyo shrine to Japan's war dead. China's Foreign Ministry expressed "strong dissatisfaction over the negative actions of some Japanese politicians" in visiting the Yasukuni Shrine, which also honor's Japan's executed war criminals.
So why is this a story and why do I even care? Because this is a highly orchestrated campaign by China to take pressure off themselves and put pressure on regional rival Japan. And why is that important? Because China is poised to become the premiere world power and eclipse the United States. They deal with Sudan for oil, Venezeula for oil, do a huge amount of trade with the US and Canada. Why is this bad? Because they are a totalitarian state and the world is asleep in not seeing that the two biggest powers are on a collision course. The day will come, and it will be a surprise.