China has criticized human rights activists who call the 2008 Olympics the "Genocide Olympics," saying it is improper to "politicize the Olympic Games." But the Chinese government has been politicizing this event all along.washinton post
President Bush announces new sanctions for Sudan; China proposes more foreign investmentwashinton post
The attitude of these articles are largely in line with the policy of 2007 China military report
But a China expert has a different opinion.
Washington needs to move beyond its Japan-first policy and its orientation towards alliances. Both are outdated and need to be adjusted. Asia's future lies with China and India, not with Japan. Moreover, Japan is afflicted by a mortal wound in its regional identity and influence - the "history" issue. This situation is not good for Japan, for Asia, or for the United States.David Shambaugh
Published: May 29, 2007
The blogger citing this article warns:
Is Japan ready to shift too, or will the government's lack of foresight result once again in a "shock" that leads to a crisis of confidence in Japanese foreign policy and a sudden, unexpected policy shift, rather than one considered in advance?Japan Observer
I should take his professional position into account.
I'm on the staff of a senior member of the opposition DPJlink
DPJ has been warning not to rely on the U.S. too much and engage more with China.
Sure enough it is a matter of balance, and Japan needs to take every possible scenario into account.
It is interesting that some American liberals want Japan to be more side with China because that will probably mean the U.S. will lose the hegemony in this region accordingly.