Trying to Work Together

Japan wants to work something out, at least come to an understanding with China, but one of the requirements is to acknowledge the bloody and cruel past.

From the Associated Press on MSN.

China, Japan foreign ministers meet to smooth tense ties

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press

(Jason Lee/Pool Photo via AP)
(Jason Lee/Pool Photo via AP)

BEIJING — China portrayed the visit Saturday by the Japanese foreign minister as an act of outreach to an angry Beijing, as the two sides try to repair relations bedeviled by disputes over territory, history and competition for influence in East Asia.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Fumio Kishida that the ties must be based on “respect for history, adherence to commitment, and on cooperation rather than confrontation.”

Relations have gone through “twists and turns in recent years due to reasons best known by Japan,” Wang said, adding that China desires “healthy and stable relations” with its neighbor and key economic partner.

Japan needs to “turn its words into deeds,” Wang said.

(Jason Lee/Pool Photo via AP)
(Jason Lee/Pool Photo via AP)

High-level ties between the two countries have been largely frozen since Japan nationalized a string of uninhabited East China Sea islands claimed by China in 2012, sparking deep anger among Chinese. Kishida’s visit is the first formal one to China by a Japanese foreign minister in more than four years.

Despite their crucial economic relationship, many Chinese harbor deep animosity toward Japan dating from its brutal invasion and occupation of much of China during the 1930s and 1940s. Meanwhile, distrust toward Beijing runs deep among the Japanese public, who see their country’s economic and political influence being overshadowed by a rising China.

China is also deeply critical of Japan’s alliance with the U.S. and has warned Tokyo to keep out of a festering dispute over China’s moves to cement its claim over virtually the entire South China Sea. Beijing has also lambasted moves by Japanese conservatives seen as whitewashing the country’s militaristic past and minimizing World War II atrocities committed in China and elsewhere.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/china-japan-foreign-ministers-meet-to-smooth-tense-ties/ar-BBsrTeE?OCID=ansmsnnews11

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I began writing Elle's Adventure in China (EACh) in June 2014 as a fun summer project, but as obstacles kept interfering with my plans, I forked and forked more options. I took writing this novel much more seriously in mid-July, and want to have it officially published someday in my lifetime. As many artists put their hearts into their projects, so do I. I did not start out liking to read, but a professor suggested a book for me for homework a few years ago, and it was an amazing book. Since then, I read for pleasure, and I hope my novel, Elle's Adventure in China, does the same for as many of you as possible. The same thing goes to writing. I did not like to write until I took a course where the professor and papers made me love to write. I hope every one of you find what makes you happy and dedicated to work. In May 2015, I started my other blog, Read and Write Here (R&WH), as a place to post other things that aren't China- and Chinese culture-related and not EACh. I share some of my memories and experiences from student teaching, irregular participation in Daily Prompts, etc. I'd like to have regular people and bloggers to write book reviews and post it on R&WH someday. Keep reading and writing!

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