The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “HARRY POTTER (?) wizard invoked again as JAPAN HITS BACK AT China” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/harry-potter-wizard-invoked-again-japan-hits-back-060540537.html). We can mix HARRY POTTER with POLITICS? THIS IS INTERESTING.
“The DIPLOMATIC BICKERING between Japan and China descended into name-calling in the British press Monday (January 6 2014), with ambassadorial claim and counter-claim invoking the fictional evil wizard of the Harry Potter series, Lord Voldemort”. There are TWO things to note right off the bat. First, this “diplomatic bickering” is yet another/the latest example of “We think they made us mad; they think we made them mad and here we go” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). Also, “bickering” is CHILDISH and can hardly be described as/called “diplomatic”.
“In an opinion piece published in the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Tokyo’s envoy to London Keiichi Hayashi compared Beijing to the arch-villain of JK Rowling’s multi-million selling books and the resulting movie franchise”. “East Asia is now AT A CROSSROADS. There are two paths open to China. One is to SEEK DIALOGUE (?) and ABIDE BY THE RULE OF LAW“, JAPAN‘s INTERPRETATION (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). Also, do POLITICIANS “seek dialogue?” “The other is to play the role of Voldemort in the region (Asia-Pacific) by LETTING LOOSE THE EVILS OF AN ARMS RACE and escalation of tensions, although Japan WILL NOT (?) escalate the situation from its side“. Japan “will not escalate” TENSIONS? REALLY? This is yet another INTERPRETATION (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “The answer seems obvious. Although China has SO FAR (?) refused to ENABLE DIALOGUE (?) between our leaders, I sincerely hope that it will come forward, rather than keep invoking THE GHOST OF ‘militarism‘ of SEVEN DECADES ago, which no longer exists“. “…China has so far refused to enable dialogue” and IT’S UNLIKELY THAT THEY EVER WILL “enable dialogue” with Japan.
“Hayashi’s letter was an apparent response to an earlier op-ed — also referencing the boy-wizard’s nemesis — published in the Daily Telegraph on January 1 (2014) by Liu Xiaoming, Chinese ambassador to London”.
“Liu HARSHLY CRITICIZED Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s December 26 (2013) visit to Tokyo’s controversial Yasukuni war shrine, which honors war dead, including men convicted of serious war crimes in the wake of Japan’s 1945 World War II defeat”. This is yet another/the latest example of BLAMING & CRITICIZING (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-AJviZ8Itk).
More specifically, Liu wrote: “If militarism is like the haunting Voldemort of Japan, the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo is a kind of horcrux, representing THE DARKEST parts of that nation’s soul“. It’s as if CHINA‘s history DOESN’T have any “dark parts”. Of course, as we know, NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH.
“Hayashi said Abe’s visit was “BY NO MEANS to pay homage to war criminals or to praise militarism. IT IS IRONIC that a country that has increased its own military spending by more than 10 percent a year for the past 20 years should call a neighbor ‘militarist‘”. THIS IS INDEED “ironic”. “Its attempt to change the status quo by FORCE or COERCION has raised concerns not only in Japan, but also among its neighbours throughout the East China Sea and the South China Sea”. Of course, we’re talking about the never-ending SENKAKU Islands spat here. On top of this, CHINA ALWAYS uses the FORCE & PAIN TECHNIQUE (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). IT’S JUST THEIR WAY.
“On Monday (January 6, 2014), Abe defended his shrine pilgrimage and said he would like the opportunity to explain his motivation face-to-face with Chinese President Xi Jinping, although he conceded: “There is NO prospect for summit talks at this point“, obviously/AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). From YASUKUNI to the SENKAKU Islands, China and Japan AREN’T exactly on the same page/speaking terms right now. In fact, we have to wonder IF THEY’LL EVER BE on speaking terms again.
“For its part, Beijing accused Abe of double-dealing and levelled the familiar charge that he had “HURT THE FEELINGS OF the Chinese people”. Are “the Chinese people” THAT FRAGILE?
Finally, “Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said from actions such as his (Abe’s) visit to Yasukuni, “it is not hard to see that Abe has continually claimed to attach importance to developing relations, but, in reality, these statements are HYPOCRITICAL“. It’s as if CHINA ISN’T “hypocritical”, making this yet another/the latest example of “We think they made us mad; they think we made them mad and here we go” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
To conclude, once again, this is about Abe’s controversial visits to the YASUKUNI SHRINE & the SENKAKU Islands. There are TWO things to consider here. First, OK, Japanese war criminals are buried there. However, ALL of Japan’s war dead are buried there, NOT JUST WAR CRIMINALS. Abe may have relatives buried there (e.g. maybe his FATHER, a GRANDFATHER or UNCLES). This is a MAJOR weakness of Chinese culture. They insist on THEIR OWN point of view WITHOUT EVEN CONSIDERING others’ points of view. This is the fundamental definition of ARROGANCE (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI) and LACK OF EMPATHY (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h7cmuRLwME). Considering IS NOT the same as AGREEMENT. We can UNDERSTAND or CONSIDER others’ opinions WITHOUT AGREEING with them. On top of this, the SENKAKU Islands issue is simply OUT OF CONTROL.With this article, we can clearly understand the significance of BEYONCE‘s song “Listen”: many people are clearly NOT good at these 2 skills (LISTENING & EMPATHIZING). This is especially true for POLITICIANS.