The Biden administration in the United States has so far not changed much of the Trump administration’s hard-line attitude on trade, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and viral accountability, which has left the calculating Beijing authorities with a wow factor in their hearts and made the highest levels of Zhongnanhai awake to the fact that it is completely impossible for China and the United States to return to the state they were in before Trump became president. The recent softening of words on U.S. issues by Xi Jinping and other top Communist Party officials, and the release of wailing voices by the Communist Party’s imperial experts, have all revealed Beijing’s embarrassing situation.
While Beijing is still in a state of anxiety about how to deal with the United States, three recent moves by China’s neighbor, Japan, have also annoyed and worried Zhongnanhai.
On April 27, the Japanese government released the 2021 edition of its “Blue Book on Diplomacy,” which covers much of the Chinese Communist Party’s problems, detailing the confrontation between the U.S. and China and arguing that “the balance of power in the international community is changing significantly,” in addition to the Chinese Communist Party’s “military expansion ” i.e., the Marine Police Law, which allows the Marine Police Bureau to use weapons, and its growing activities in the East and South China Seas. The Blue Book said that the CCP’s move “has become a deep concern for the regional and international community, including Japan, in terms of security.
The Blue Book also describes the summit meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Joe Biden, emphasizing that the meeting “resulted in a consensus to continue strengthening the Japan-U.S. alliance. In addition, the Blue Book also expressed concern about Hong Kong and Xinjiang, arguing that Taiwan is an “important partner and friend” of Japan and that Japan supports Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Assembly as an observer to avoid epidemic prevention loopholes in the face of a raging epidemic.
Japan releases a diplomatic blue book every year, and this year’s edition is largely focused on the threats posed by the Chinese Communist Party to the world and how to deal with them, compared to the 2020 edition. Notably, Japan explicitly states that “the balance of power in the international community is changing significantly. What exactly is the major change? From Japan’s strong stance of not being afraid to openly threaten the CCP, it seems that the world’s anti-communist forces are becoming stronger, and the power of the evil side, with the CCP as the core, is declining, while Japan is planning to play an important role in the anti-communist forces.
In response to Japan’s diplomatic blue paper, the Chinese Foreign Ministry, as usual, said it “resolutely opposes it and lodges serious representations, urging Japan to correct its wrongdoings and take practical actions to build stable Sino-Japanese relations”. But it is obvious that no matter how to make representations, the Japanese government will not easily change its actions.
On the 26th, the day before the release of the Japanese Diplomatic Blue Book, Xinhua News Agency published a commentary titled “Japan dares to fall completely to the United States? The article was prompted by Japan’s second move: joining the “Five Eyes Alliance”.
On April 22, the Times reported that Shingo Yamama, Japan’s ambassador to Australia and former head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ intelligence department, revealed that Japan was preparing to join the “Five Eyes Alliance” intelligence-sharing network, and that “we hope to see this idea become a reality in the near future “. The report said that according to some scholars, Japan is believed to have strong intelligence gathering capabilities and it will be a “useful addition” to the “Five Eyes Alliance” network, especially because of its proximity to China.
In fact, as early as last August, then Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono expressed in an interview the willingness to expand cooperation with the “Five Eyes Alliance,” a framework of cooperation established by the U.S., Britain and other five countries’ intelligence agencies.
According to the information, the “Five Eyes Alliance” is an intelligence alliance of Anglo-Saxon English-speaking countries, with the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand as members. During the Cold War, the Five Eyes Alliance developed the ECHELON surveillance system to monitor the Soviet Union and its Eastern European allies. Currently, the main target of its surveillance is China.
Since Japan is an “intelligence state” and the originator of intelligence in Asia, even China’s intelligence system was established by learning from Japan, so Japan has its own special ability to obtain and analyze intelligence against China and the Chinese Communist Party. Faced with the increasing threat from the CCP, Japan’s help cannot be underestimated. Despite concerns about Japan’s ability to keep the top-secret information it shares, the U.S. and Britain have voiced support for Japan to join the “Five Eyes Alliance.
Now it seems that Japan’s participation in the “Five Eyes Alliance” has been approved in order to deal with multiple threats from the Chinese Communist Party, and Japan’s participation means that it will cooperate more closely with the U.S. and Britain in intelligence sharing. That’s why the article “Japan dares to turn completely to the U.S.?” was written in a naked threatening tone. was published.
The article begins with a criticism: “From the Japan-US ‘2+2’ talks to the summit, Japan has been strengthening its alliance with the US and challenging China’s core interests on a number of issues. Japan is changing its past approach of maintaining a relative balance between China and the United States and is increasingly tilting toward the United States. All the wrong words and actions of the Japanese side will not only hinder the development of Sino-Japanese relations, but will also seriously damage its own interests.”
This reference to the Japan-U.S. summit talks speaks of the meeting between Kan and Biden in mid-April. This is one of the three major moves Japan has made recently. The two sides also issued a joint statement after the meeting, which unusually pointed to the Chinese Communist Party.
The statement said the two sides were seriously concerned about China’s activities in the East China Sea, South China Sea and Taiwan Strait, saying “Japan and the United States, while stressing the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, urge a peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues.” They also cited Beijing’s oppression of Hong Kong and the Uighurs and pledged to work together to address provocative actions by the Chinese Communist regime, including through “frank dialogue” with Beijing.
The statement also re-enforced the U.S.-Japan alliance, saying “Japan is determined to strengthen its defense capabilities and further solidify the alliance and regional security. The United States, for its part, reaffirmed its unwavering support for Japan’s defense under the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty and its commitment to employing all capabilities, including nuclear capabilities. The United States again reaffirmed that Article V of the treaty applies to the Senkaku Islands (known to China as the Diaoyu Islands).” This is another commitment from the Biden administration, following Japan’s strengthening of the solid Japan-U.S. alliance with the Trump administration.
Undoubtedly, Japan’s above-mentioned move has upset Beijing and therefore threatened that “Japan will face serious consequences if it cooperates with the United States to contain China. What are the consequences? The threatening article first mentions that Sino-Japanese economic cooperation may be affected by political relations, and Japan’s economic development will also be affected, and bluntly states that “China is the key to Japan’s continued economic growth in the future”.
Second, according to the article, military cooperation between Japan and the U.S. and its alliance partners will only “seriously endanger regional stability,” and historically, the U.S. will not sacrifice its own interests for Japan’s. The U.S. is now giving Japan face, and will certainly make Japan pay the price in the future, such as in military spending on U.S. troops in Japan, trade issues continue to Japan will continue to be forced to make concessions.
Third, on the issue of vaccines, the U.S. has not given help.
The author feels that the article “How dare Japan completely fall to the United States? In addition to the title of the article, which shows the “courage” of the Chinese Communist Party, the entire article is actually a combination of soft and hard words, or more like a bitter advice to Japan not to get too close to the U.S., that Americans cannot be trusted, and that going completely to the U.S. will harm its own interests, and so on.
However, whether it is the clamoring or the bitter persuasion, what it reflects is only the Chinese Communist Party’s weakness. The real fear in its heart is Japan’s complete defection to the U.S., and that the U.S., Japan and its allies, and even more countries, will unite against the Communist Party. When the anti-communist forces in the international community are at the top, and echo the anti-communist forces at home, how long can the CCP survive?