We reported earlier that the U.S. is welcoming Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push for a greater military role in advance of President Barack Obama's visit to Japan. For a different view, we turn to China, where state media have routinely cast Mr. Abe's push to change Japan's constitution as an effort to return to a militarist past.
'In service of Japan's so-called 'greatness,' Abe is going out of his way to be reckless and publicly worshipping ghosts on the one hand, while on the other hand he shamelessly tries to distract the international community with vain babble about 'positive pacifism,'' the Communist Party flagship newspaper People's Daily said in a commentary in February.
The commentary referred to the consequences of 'appeasement' before World War II and said that 'allowing Abe to continue along the right-wing road would create added challenges to peace and prosperity in Asia.'
Mr. Abe has advocated changing Japan's constitution to allow for a greater defense role. While that would likely take years, his administration is also looking to change the interpretation of the existing constitution this year to allow Japan to exercise its right of 'collective self-defense,' meaning it could come to the aid of allies even if it wasn't directly attacked.
China's foreign ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Tuesday.
The increasing militarization of Japan is an inevitable process being encouraged by U.S. support, said Shi Yinhong, an international relations scholar at Renmin University in Beijing. 'What matters is the U.S. attitude. The Americans have welcomed this [change], which will increase tensions in East Asia,' he said.
Insufficient communication between Beijing and Tokyo was also making matters worse, he said, adding that a change to Japan's constitution could significantly alter the preparation and deployment of China's military in the East China Sea.
据《华尔街日报》之前报道，在美国总统奥巴马(Barack Obama)即将访问日本之际，美国方面对日本首相安倍晋三(Shinzo Abe)力争让日本扮演更重要军事角色的意图给予了支持。我们将视线转向中国，来听听不同的观点。中国官方媒体一贯将安倍的修宪主张称为意在复苏军国主义。