The difference between anti-Chinese and anti-Japanese attitudes in South Korea

Cho Mun-young is a South Korean anthropologist who attended “a symposium on Koreans’ attitudes toward China on the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) at the end of August.” A few interesting points from her description of the presentations: South Korean youths are more negatively and positively disposed towards China and Japan, respectively, than older generations. South Koreans tend to differentiate between the Japanese people and the Japanese state. South Koreans do not differentiate as much between nation and state when it comes to China, perhaps because the party-state claims to represent the nation. (Somewhat…
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Taiwan and China differ on VP Harris’s Southeast Asian Trip

China continues to describe Harris’s trip to Vietnam and Singapore as a failure. According to The China Daily, she failed to convince either country of its economic blueprint for the region or of the US’s neutrality. Although Harris visited the region to look for potential partners for the Quad (a loose strategic partnership among the US, India, Japan and Australia) in Southeast Asia, she did not get any assurance from either Singapore or Vietnam, so she tried to smear China… ASEAN members, including Singapore and Vietnam, are reluctant to choose sides and instead want to maintain friendly relations with both…
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Europe follows Lithuania’s lead on Taiwan

Chinese newspaper have been strangely quiet about Lithuania in recent days. There seems to have only been one instance of Lithuania’s having been mentioned in their English-language press: Lithuania acts the most radical among European countries on the Taiwan question, and China has made firm counterattacks. If Lithuania is supposed to be the chicken killed to scare the monkeys, it would appear that the monkeys are, if anything, less scared than before, because China is now complaining about other Europeans, particularly the European Parliament and the French government. In The Global Times: France has taken a provocative step forward on…
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The KMT, the new status quo, and Xi Jinping’s Confucianism with Taliban Characteristics

Contenders for the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairmanship are being characterized in Taiwan’s English-language press as doubling down on their Chinese nationalism. Having resigned themselves to their continued wandering in the Taiwanese political wilderness which began with the 2014 Sunflower uprising, the leadership candidates are publicizing the support of retired generals and advocating a return to the ‘1992 Consensus’, a compromise in which Taiwan agrees to accept its status as a Chinese province while China accepts that Taiwan has its own interpretation of what China is. As one writer in The Taipei Times describes it: Who exactly were these people…
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What does Suga’s exit imply about Japan’s attitude towards China-Taiwan confrontation?

There is no clear indication that the election of a new LDP-leader-cum-Japanese-prime-minister will lead to a shift away from Japan’s increasingly robust rejection of Chinese designs on the region, especially with regards to Taiwan. Fumio Kishida, the presumed front-runner and former foreign minister, has a reputation for being honest but wishy-washy, but The Japan Times had this to say about him: …Kishida said Japan should seek to cooperate with Taiwan and countries that share its values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law, as authoritarian countries wield more power. “Taiwan is at the front line of the standoff between…
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