South China Morning Post remains the most trusted media voice in Hong Kong, managing to bridge the current gap between "localism", and identification with the mainland. Today, in an opinion piece by Kevin Rafferty we get (mainland) China's view of the G7 summit, which recently concluded in Ise-Shima. Japan.
"Abe blatantly used the G7 meeting as a platform for the upper house elections in July. Throughout the summit week, CNN ran ads heralding the work of Japanese scientists, doctors, engineers, agriculturalists and soldiers in Germany, India, Indonesia, Kenya and South Sudan, helping people walk again with robotic limbs, building railways and laying sewers, promoting new crops and keeping the peace. Fair enough to show how Japan helps the world, but each video closed with a smiling picture of Abe, as if he were the autocrat responsible for it all." (SCMP)
On the opinion page of CNN, Jeff Kingston, Director of Asian Studies at Temple University Japan notes this plan was undermined by news of a murder at Okinawa, which played out in the news prior to the summit, fueling protests against US military presence in Japan during Obama's visit.
"This surge in anti-U.S. base protests at the time of Obama's visit is very awkward for Abe personally and for alliance managers, looming over the G7 Summit and distracting attention from Obama's historic visit. Abe voiced anger at the alleged murder -- for which Obama expressed his "sincerest condolences and deepest regrets" -- but for some his outrage rings hollow." (CNN)
As an outsider to the G7, China was unable to challenge an agreement on South China Sea, which Beijing officially protests:
Japan led G7 discussions that ended in agreement to send “a clear signal” to China against maritime excursions in the disputed waters of the South and East China seas. Beijing, of course, protested. It would have been potentially more constructive to include China in the discussions.(SCMP)
But China will host the G20 in September, and they're getting ready:
Foreign minister Wang Yi ( 王毅 ) described the September meeting in Hangzhou ( 杭州 ) as “the world’s most closely watched economic summit”. Last week, he claimed that though Hiroshima is worthy of attention, Nanjing (南京), where Japanese troops massacred civilians in December 1937, “should not be forgotten”. Abe himself may get a chance to reflect on Nanjing. China has indicated that G20 leaders, including Japan, will be invited to the site of the massacre. (SCMP)
Morning Post doesn't always speak the line of Beijing, In Beijing, it's illegal to commemorate the Tiananmen uprising and susequent massacre. Hong Kong now has a divided view of whether it matters: SCMP explores the rift.
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