Ice-melting on which side?
Prime Minister Wen Jiabao of PRC addressed to the Japanese Parliament for forty minutes as a rare appearance on April 12. He at the ouset touched upon the long histry of relations of two countries and cultural ties. Wen said his three day visit to Japan meant to melt the ice between the countries. In his speech, which was broadcast live in both countries, Wen admit the economies are highly 'complementary and have a great potential for cooperation' and admit that the massive Japanese aid over the last two decades supported China's modernization and reform. The fact of Japan's massive goodwill and finanicial support was for long time played down by the Chinese side and Chinese general public was not informed at all that some airports, railroads, and telephone lines and other infrastructre projects was financed by the Japanese aid money. Wen did not directly refer to the Yasukuni shrine issues and avoided recently aroused comfort women issues which was denied and he added that they hope that Japan wilol show in concrete ways their expressed attictudes and promises. His style of speech was as if the Japanese Diet became a People's Hall. His style of demanding clapping hands while stopping or intermission was inserted to wait the positive reactions from the audience.. There was apparently difference of political style. Japanese lawmakers tried very hard to welcome the guest from Beijing and tried to applaud the speech even if not necessarily perfectly received, and the Chinese side confidentlly and almost one-sidedly spoke their version of interpretations of the relations of the two countries. When Wen cited a lot of Chinese proverbs, many Japanese was reminded that the proverb can exist because the real world does not perceive the good points of the said proverbs. Japanese clapped hands only because they tried to welcome the guest but are well informed about the oppressions in the Tibet and peripheral areas of the expanding Chinese territories and possible crisis surrounding Taiwan. Japanaese does not forget that it was blocked by Beijing for Japan to join the permanet seat of the United Nations. Anti-Japan rallies was intentinally and tacitly assisted by the Chinese propaganda machines in the recent years. Chinese maritime forces are quicky being expanded and corruption in China and socio-economic gap in the society is a serious country-risk. Many pondered which side kept the refregerated ice in the boxes. Japanes parliament is a Hall of Democracy and there is no equivalent political functions in China yet. He skipped some expressions and phrases which should be read though intentionally or unintentionally is not disclosed, the part which appreciated Japan's effort in the two countries's relations. The Prime Minister went to Kansai or Osaka area after visiting Tokyo, but he did not use the bullet train probably because of the security reasons but there is a speculation that it was avoided to let the people know that the bullet train technology in Japan is in its good standard. There may be many problems to be solved between the two nations, but it is the most important to maintain peaceful and mutually respectable and friendly relations.