China paper warns of Abe’s hard line


A Chinese Communist Party newspaper, in the editorial of its Monday edition, warned against the hardline stance of Liberal Democratic Party leader Shinzo Abe, who is set to become the next prime minister.

China will be closely watching how Japan’s next administration, to be led by Abe, will sort out the current chaotic situation in the country, the People’s Daily said.

Visits to war-related Yasukuni Shrine by prime ministers, the territorial dispute over the East China Sea islets known as Senkakus in Japan and Diaoyu in China, and issues related to Japan’s Constitution are key fundamental issues, the paper said.

Any of these issues should not be allowed to remain vague, it said, warning against Japan’s perceived nationalism and possible tilt to the right.

At the same time, the newspaper said China hopes new leaders in Tokyo will act to prevent bilateral tensions from escalating further, work together to control the current crisis and focus on bilateral and regional issues in light of the need to promote Asia’s long-term development.

China and Japan are at a key juncture in terms of whether bilateral relations will take a step forward or backward, it said.