Xinhua News Agency
January 19, 2013
Commentary: U.S. endorsement of right-leaning Japan jeopardizes regional security
By Wang Fan
BEIJING: The United States pledged Friday stronger security ties with
Tokyo’s new right-leaning administration and lent veiled support to
Japan in the Diaoyu Islands dispute.
After a closed-door meeting with visiting Japanese Foreign Minister
Fumio Kishida, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hailed the U.S.
alliance with Japan as “the cornerstone of American engagement with the
U.S. explicit endorsement of a right-leaning Japan is sure to raise
concerns among Asian countries, many of which still hold bitter memories
of Japan’s wartime atrocities and are casting a wary eye on the newly
installed hawkish administration in Tokyo.
There are reasons for them to stay alert. Japan’s rightists have
shown little sincerity and willingness to apologize for Japan’s wartime
Worse, instead of facing up to the past, several members of Japan’s
new nationalistic administration have even attempted to put a fine gloss
on the country’s militarist era by proposing to rewrite school
The United States must tread carefully in its dealings with Japan. At
this moment, Washington’s proposal for a tighter military alliance with
Japan will only encourage Tokyo’s dangerously right-leaning tendency.
Since unveiling its “pivot to Asia” strategy, the United States has
tried to cast itself as a constructive force in maintaining peace and
stability in the Asia-Pacific.
Washington’s failure to rein in nationalist sentiments in Japan will
cast doubts on its credibility as a responsible power in the region.
It is also unwise for Washington to throw support behind Japan in
Tokyo’s islands dispute with Beijing. This unbalanced position has
betrayed its declared intention to stay neutral on the issue.