Don't let single issues derail Japan ties: Expert

By Zhang Ming'ai
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Cai Jianguo, head of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies of Tongji University, shared his insights on current China-Japan relations with on Thursday.

China and Japan are close neighbors and major powers with a relationship dating back over 2000 years. They should avoid war no matter how strained the relationship becomes, said Professor Cai, who is also a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

"We should concentrate on the overall China-Japan relationship, not single issues," Cai said.

Historical issues and practical problems mean the relationship between China and Japan is complex, and it is further complicated when historical issues become entangled with practical problems, Cai commented. "It means frictions are inevitable."

But when problems arise, the two sides should solve them through dialogue in a calm and sensible frame of mind, Cai said.

"No matter what party is in power in Japan, policy makers need be well-informed about China rather than adopting a hostile attitude towards China and making irresponsible remarks," Cai said.

Cai called on the Japanese media to report on China objectively and as a whole, instead of concentrating on single issues. Public opinion is an important factor in China-Japan ties and more positive media coverage would help educate public opinion and contribute to improving relations between the two countries.

Cai said the 11th strategic dialogue held on February 28, 2011 will have helped improve the ties between the two countries after relations were strained by the boat collision in the East China Sea last September.

He reiterated that the Diaoyu Islands are Chinese territory but said the best way to reduce tension on the issue is to pursue common development of the islands, a creative solution to the problem proposed by former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping.

Cai expressed his hope that China and Japan will develop a sound and stable relationship in 2011.

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