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Tension in Asia between Japan and China ratchets up again

  • The reaction to Japan PM Shinzo Abe's visit to a war memorial is intensifying as the issue appears more likely to stay on the front burner in Asia.
  • China Daily on the development: "The abrupt move — widely viewed as rewriting public memory on Japan's militaristic past — enraged Japan's victimized neighbors."
  • Politicians in China and South Korea have ratcheted up their rhetoric on their concerns that Japan wants to revitalize an expansionary mindset.
  • Though it's too early to make a call on how the serious the issue will become, Japanese automakers (NSANY, TM, HMC, MZDAY, SZKMY, FUJHY) are likely to feel at least a short-term demand impact in the region. General (GM -1.2%), Ford (F -0.5%), and Volkswagen (VLKAY +1.6%) stand to gain.
  • Previous on Japan-China tension.
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  • Michael Bryant
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    Expansionary? And is no one threatened by China's expansionary? China even seized trade routes in Sri Lanka. Maybe Japan is just building up its fleet to defend against China.
    27 Dec 2013, 11:51 AM Reply Like
  • omarbradley
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    I agree.
    27 Dec 2013, 03:21 PM Reply Like
  • JMajoris
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    You seem to forget the level of destruction forged by the Japanese in WWII. Perhaps a review of how many Chinese citizenry were slaughtered in cold blood would make you adjust your "trade route" comment.....
    27 Dec 2013, 11:32 PM Reply Like
  • Michael Bryant
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    And the South in the U.S. was very harsh to blacks. Your point?
    31 Dec 2013, 02:10 PM Reply Like
  • manfredthree
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    While we all share similar fears, this is much more about domestic politics in those countries than about physical security threats.
    27 Dec 2013, 10:33 PM Reply Like
  • samuel_liu
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    http://bit.ly/19EZCtq

     

    2013: In Asia, growing rivalry between Japan and China
    Military posturing between Japan and China was among the key flashpoints in 2013 - and a sign of a regional rivalry that's unlikely to cool down.
    Christian Science Monitor By Peter Ford
    31 Dec 2013, 02:18 PM Reply Like
  • samuel_liu
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    The Japanese can start by lowering the prices of their food in its (Shanghai) restaurants ...
    31 Dec 2013, 02:21 PM Reply Like
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