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China's parliament, the National People's Congress, this week and will nominate Xi Jinping, the Communist Party leader, as the country's new president, and Li Keqiang as premier.
When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Washington last week for a summit meeting with President Barack Obama, he was asked about Japan's relations with South Korea, in view of the common threat from North Korea.
Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet American President Barack Obama for the first time on Friday in Washington in an attempt to strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance in the face of security threats in the region, primarily from North Korea and China.
In 1961, China and North Korea signed a treaty of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance that provided for either country to go to the assistance of the other if attacked by a third country. It was a military alliance with a difference — it had no termination date, an alliance that was meant to last forever.
Since mid-January, tensions over the disputed islands in the East China Sea known as Diaoyu in China and as Senkaku in Japan have noticeably declined, largely as a result of conciliatory words and actions by Japanese political figures visiting China.
China, with US$3 trillion in its foreign reserves, is looking for investment opportunities around the world; surprisingly, perhaps, it is discovering that its money is not welcome in certain countries.
The territorial dispute between China and Japan over a group of islands in the East China Sea continues to worsen, with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warning Beijing over the weekend not to try to change the status quo in which the uninhabited isles are under Japanese administration and the Chinese responding that Clinton's words would embolden right-wing forces in Japan and lead to further tension.
China's new leader Xi Jinping gave a major address recently in which he pledged to curtail power and investigate violations of the law so as to protect the rights of Chinese citizens.
China, the stellar developmental record of which over the last three decades has astonished the world, has been modest, even prudish, in pushing its growth model on other countries. Premier Wen Jiabao has said more than once that there is no such thing as a “China model” but that each country should choose its own developmental path.
Gordon Chang, author of “The Coming Collapse of China,” famously made a prediction in 2001 that the Communist Party would fall from power in a decade.
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