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In John Blockman’s letter to the editor of Feb. 11, “Chinese acquiescence to Japan,” he states that I missed the point of Gregory Clark’s Jan. 18 article (“So much for Abe’s reconciliation policy”) on Japan-China relations — namely, that China has had to give in to Japan on important issues because Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not visit Yasukuni Shrine.

I do, in fact, acknowledge this, but the main point of my response to Clark was that he deliberately ignored the threats coming from Beijing, and chose instead to paint China as being a victim of, among other things, an alliance of “Indian castes, Japanese gangsters and Australian beer drinkers.”

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