Japans Challenges China. India Challenges China. China Show Trials. @gordongchang. Mike Davis. Arthur Waldron. @davidfeith.

Aug 11, 2016, 03:34 AM


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Japans Challenges China. India Challenges China. China Show Trials. @gordongchang. Mike Davis. Arthur Waldron. @davidfeith.

Tokyo (AsiaNews/Agencies) - Japan may release data that will show that a Chinese naval vessel direct its fire control radar at a Japanese destroyer, a step usually taken as a prelude to firing.

A few days ago, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his foreign minister slammed Beijing for the incident, a reaction Beijing rejected, saying that radar tracking was not a prelude to a launch but a simple test. In China itself, the war of words continued in local media.

"By spreading false accusations and posing as a poor victim, Japan had intended to tarnish China's image so as to gain sympathy and support, but a lie does not help," Xinhua wrote in a commentary on its English-language edition.

For his part, Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera (pictured) said the Chinese radar lock amounted to a "threat of force". For Japan's Prime Minister Abe, the radar incident was "dangerous" and "provocative".







China’s Anti-Western Show Trials

A dangerous turn in Beijing’s campaign against dissenters.

Aug. 11, 2016

Chinese authorities turned last week’s show trials of four legal activists into a multimedia sensation, with forced confessions airing nightly on prime-time news and propaganda videos online. Beyond vilifying the four men, who advocated for dissidents and religious minorities, the trials had a broader purpose: to paint the United States as China’s enemy.

The courtroom drama was highly choreographed, with four trials over four days, each lasting a few hours. The accused, who couldn’t use their own lawyers or have family in the courtroom, were arrested during last year’s sweep of nearly 300 lawyers and legal activists. When they surfaced in a courtroom in the port city of Tianjin after more than 12 months incommunicado, they denounced themselves, praised their jailers and condemned overseas influences for leading them astray…”


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