Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Less Tension?

Japan's Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso is on a visit in China, meeting the Chinese Vice Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli. This is seen as a sign of less tension between these two great powers.

This is good. It would be great if China would back down from its aggressive standpoints. China claims the Senkaku Islands, which are part of Japan. Perhaps the lowered tension will not make China give up on this claim, but it might make China less inclined to act on it or support Chinese people who act upon it. Less tension lowers the risk of war, and war is something that would come with a high cost for humans and dogs in both countries.

We have to keep up the hope for less tension. At the same time, it is important that Japan stays strong.   It has to be able to defend its free and democratic society if the dictatorship China would ever go further in its aggressions. A strong military is an insurance against war.

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