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It's 'high time' Canada shifted its Asia focus away from China: Japanese ambassador
China dispute opens up other avenues for trade in Asia-Pacific, says Kimihiro Ishikane


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Que., on Friday, June 8, 2018. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)


As the dispute between Canada and China over the arrest of tech executive Meng Wanzhou continues to roil bilateral relations, China's neighbour Japan wants Canada to start paying more attention to other Asian countries when it comes to trade opportunities.


"At this very moment, oil and natural gas are not exported to Japan, but also there are many other potential areas. For example, artificial intelligence is quite on the rise."


Ishikane said his country — which boasts the world's third-largest economy after the United States and China — hasn't paid enough attention to Canada in the past, either.


The ambassador also revealed that the Japanese and Canadian governments have been "in close touch" over what he termed the "very sensitive issue" of Canada's ongoing diplomatic dispute with China.


Several European allies have spoken out in favour of Canada's move to arrest Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in December, in response to an extradition request from the U.S.; Meng is accused of violating U.S. sanctions against Iran through a Huawei subsidiary. Her arrest was closely followed up by news that two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, had been detained in China in what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has described as "arbitrary" detentions in retaliation for Meng's arrest.


"Generally speaking, the way we handle this kind of thing is, you know, share the concern and talk to friends in discreet manners."


China's Ambassador to Canada Lu Shaye has had harsh words for Canada over the arrest of Meng Wanzhou. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)


China's ambassador to Canada, Lu Shaye, last week blasted Canada's efforts to recruit international support over the feud in a rare interview with Canadian journalists.


"If Canada has a sincerity in solving these issues, Canada will not do such things. We hope Canada will think twice before making any actions," Shaye said.


"The ascendance of China has taken place in a matter of a very short time, just 10 or 15 years, so I think they themselves are really struggling with what they should do in the international arena."


Japan wants some love as well!!


My mama said China ain't living right.


I'd be much happier dealing with Japan than China.


You forgot to mention World War 2 revionists, high suicide rates due to social pressures, extreme alcoholism, and a major taboo against talking about mental health. It's not all sunshine and butterflies in Japan.


Japan has a strong undercurrent of neo-imperialists - they're the Japanese equivalent of neo-nazis. They're still prent and a concern in Japanese politics. Western nations have rosy perception of Japan, but it's neighbors aren't so comfortable - including China, Korea, Taiwan, Philippines, etc.


You're right, for some reason i thought the Japanese helped the allies before they attacked the us. just goes to show they really don't teach us shit other than "germany bad, ally good"


You might be confusing your WW1 knowledge and WW2 knowledge. Japan was part of the Entente during WW1, allied with the UK and France. It was in the period leading up to WW2 that they joined Germany and the Axis. Both of these facts were taught in highschool. As to "germany bad, ally good", while its fairly reductive, it's not entirely inaccurate.


I'm unclear as to what you're implying is taught wrong about history here? Japanese attrocities not taking place?


Much of Germany acknowledges fault in actions made during the second World War. Unfortunately, most Japanese politics are against accepting fault for some of their war crimes.
It's less about what they've done in the past, and more about the stance the country has taken following the war. For Japan, admitting something they did wrong would also involve saying that their past leaders lied about doing it. Culturally, I don't think that's likely to happen right now.
That said: there isn't going to be a country with a perfect history or perfect political stance. Japan has a lot of things they do very well, too. I'll be interested to see what happens here.
Edit: I'm going to clarify that there have been apologies made for war crimes by public officials in Japan, but they aren't comprehensive. They're also not always well-received, either because of the way statements are given or because of what was actually said. It's a very messy subject.