The Communist Party of China’s (CPC) influential mouthpiece, the People’s Daily, slammed Japan on Tuesday, calling it a “petty burglar” for what it saw as an attempt on Tokyo’s part to get India inside the ring of strategic partners to counter China.
In a scathing opinion piece that coincided with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s ongoing Japan visit, the newspaper said Japan could not digest the fact that India and China had amicably resolved the recent border squabble despite international players trying to incite the two countries against each other.
The paper called the resolution of the dispute a “miracle.”
“Before Premier Li Keqiang’s visit, the China-India border standoff was hyped up by international media. The divergence and contradictions between the two countries were also exaggerated as if the Sino-Indian ties had been strained suddenly,” it said.
The newspaper, which is known to take positions dictated by the CPC, said sincere talks between the leaders of China and India led to consensus.
“But what surprised the media was that China and India properly solved the issue in a short time. During Premier Li Keqiang’s visit, the top leaders of both countries had sincere and candid talks and came to a series of strategic consensus and cooperation. The shift of Sino-Indian ties in such a short time is a miracle,” the piece said.
Beijing and Tokyo are currently locked in a vicious diplomatic spat over a clutch of uninhabited East China Sea islands, which both claim.
Arms of the state media have been routinely slamming Japan about its imperialistic history and the atrocities Japanese troops were known to have committed after invading China.
Quoting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the newspaper said: “The so-called ‘Democratic Security Diamond, ‘Strategic Diplomacy and `Values Diplomacy’ among other new terms seem very strategic. But in fact they unveiled the narrow-minded diplomatic thoughts of Japanese government. The conspiracy of these petty burglars is doomed to fail for three reasons.”
In the fight between the two East Asian giants, China-India relations came in gushing praise by the CPC mouthpiece.
“…China and India have great vision and great wisdom. As two developing countries with ancient civilisations as well as two emerging markets, joining hands and working together have strategic significance for both countries and for the world. India’s great wisdom lies in dealing with ties with China in a calm way, undisturbed by internal and international provocateurs,” the newspaper said.
It added that “As long as two countries share a boundary there will be interest division and disputes between the two countries. The most important thing is that most countries realize the importance of dialogues, exchanges, peace and mutual trust and are willing to conduct win-win cooperation instead of a lose-lose game.”