`Jasmine`-like revolution unlikely in China: Japan envoy
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 02, 2011, 15:28
Tokyo: Japanese Ambassador to China Uichiro Niwa has said he believes there is no chance that anti-government movements in China inspired by Tunisia's ''Jasmine Revolution'' can topple the authorities as Chinese people do not want to destroy their current living standards as a result.

Niwa told a meeting of the opposition Liberal Democratic Party on Tuesday that he personally believes Chinese people ''do not have a passion or intention to change the government'' as the country has achieved fast economic growth that has brought about an increase in private income.

Chinese authorities have been ''overreacting'' to democratization movements that have been sweeping some areas of the Middle East and North Africa and will continue its control of the Internet, to which some 400 million people have access in China, Niwa said.

Even though China will not totally abandon its moderate approach in foreign policy, hard-liners including those in the Chinese Navy will increasingly try to take a stiffer line to secure national interests, the ambassador said.

On bilateral relations that were strained over maritime collisions last September near disputed islands in the East China Sea, Niwa said he is certain that ''warmer winds are blowing'' after a summit meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan and Chinese President Hu Jintao last November in Yokohama.

The envoy also said Beijing will not likely make decisions involving major political risks before the envisioned change in the country's leadership in the fall of 2012.


First Published: Wednesday, March 02, 2011, 15:28

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