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China, Japan aim to repair shaky relations

Reporter: John Taylor

TONY JONES: Beijing has called on Japan to do more to repair soured relations between the Asian
powers after a weekend of sometimes violent anti-Japanese protests across China. Japan, in turn,
has demanded that China protect Japanese firms and expatriates but has said the best way to resolve
the bilateral tensions is through dialogue. The protests erupted as a result of what many Chinese
see as Tokyo's whitewashing of World War II atrocities and its bid for a permanent seat on the UN
Security Council. China correspondent John Taylor has this report.

JOHN TAYLOR: For China's state-controlled media, it's as if the weekend never happened. There's no
mention of the roughly 30,000 people who took part in anti-Japan protests. They happened in three
cities, including the capital, Beijing, sparked by Japan's approval of a school textbook that China
says glosses over wartime atrocities. Japan's embassy had windows smashed. Japanese businesses and
restaurants were also targeted. Today, the Japanese embassy was trying to make sense of it all.

KEIJI IDE, JAPANESE EMBASSY OF BEIJING SPOKESMAN: I have concern that in China, there is a
misunderstanding towards Japan, and China's people have somehow unbalanced image about Japan and
Japanese. So this is what I have concern.

JOHN TAYLOR: China's Foreign Ministry says Japan must address the feelings of the Chinese people.
It's not the conciliatory response Japan wants.

KEIJI IDE: We need to clarify what Chinese Foreign Ministry really means by this statement.

JOHN TAYLOR: Earlier this year, China's Premier, Wen Jiabao, admitted the bilateral political
relationship was strained. The leaders of both countries haven't exchanged visits for seven years.
For the first time in centuries, both countries are powerful at the same time and vying for greater
international recognition. Millions of Chinese have signed Internet petitions against Japan's moves
to join the UN Security Council. But this couple living in Beijing believe they show harmony isn't
impossible. He is Chinese and she is Japanese. "I hope the Chinese and Japanese governments and
leaders can be like us as a couple", he says. "Quarrels can bring the smiles. Smiles can bring
happiness. I think the Chinese governments and leaders should learn from us as a couple as an
example when they negotiate." They believe Japan has to shoulder some blame for the bad state of
the relationship, but not all. A media ban is in force in China, but nationalist activist Feng
Jinhua can still find pictures of the protest on the Internet. He scoffs at Japan's call for an
apology and compensation. "Japan has no excuse at all to demand the Chinese people apologise. It is
ridiculous", he says. He believes Chinese nationalism is growing and that a strong China
overshadows any public desire for a democratic one. "To talk about democracy and freedom, it seems
unrealistic", he says. "We should focus more on the development of our nation, the unification of
our nation, and the strength of our nation." But that can too easily lead to scenes like this.
There were no more anti-Japanese protests in China today. But the ugly face of Chinese hostility to
Japan has been revealed. While the two countries are basking in a warm economic relationship,
politically, things are becoming increasingly icy.