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`Jasmine`-like revolution unlikely in China: Japan envoy

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 2, 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


First Published: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 15:28

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