August 15, 2009

Chinese web users worry Kadeer's visit will jeopardize Sino-Japan tie

Over 85 percent of online voters are concerned about Sino-Japanese relations after the Japanese government granted a visa to Uygur dissident leader Rebiya Kadeer, who is believed to be the mastermind of the July 5 Xinjiang riots.
According to a report from Japan's Jiji press, Kadeer will appear at a press conference at the Japan National Press Club on Wednesday and later address the Japanese public.
In a poll conducted by that began on the morning of July 27, 90 percent of voters (15,301 votes) by 3 pm on July 28 agreed to the question "Do you think Kadeer's visit to Japan will affect Sino-Japanese relations?" Seven percent of voters (1,182 votes) disagreed. Three percent (507 votes) showed no interest in the question.
"How can the Japanese government grant her a visa?" an anonymous web user commented on this poll. "I wonder what kind of government it is that expands its overseas military force on the excuse of combating terrorism while inviting such a terrorist into its own territory. It seems some western countries do not practice what they preach."
Another Internet user suggested that China should impose trade sanctions against Japan. "Countries like Japan never take into consideration the sentiments of the Chinese people. Why should we care about their feelings?"
During an interview with Japan's Kyodo News Agency on July 27, Cui Tiankai, Chin's ambassador to Japan, said, "If other countries invited a criminal who plotted violence and inflicted great casualties on Japan, how would Japanese citizens feel? I hope the Japanese government could put itself into China's shoes." He added that China takes a very clear stand and he has called on Japanese related departments to pay attention to it.
With regards to whether Kadeer's visit will jeopardize Sino-Japanese relations, Cui said, "There are many important things for the two governments to do, namely how to cope with the financial crisis together, how to reach reconciliation over the Korean peninsula and how to maintain and step up a strategic and mutually beneficial relationship between the two countries. We should not allow some separatist to stand in the way of the two countries' development and destroy our common interests."

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