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CPC newspaper slams Abe's politics

(Xinhua)    18:52, March 03, 2014
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BEIJING, March 3 -- The Japanese government's attempt to revise its constitution and exercise the right of collective self-defense will severely challenge post-war international order, said an article published on Monday in the flagship newspaper of the Communist Party of China.

The pacifist constitution will be fundamentally changed once Prime Minister Shinzo Abe achieves a revision of key issues in the work, according to the signed article by Liu Shigang in the overseas edition of the People's Daily.

Abe's attempts to reinterpret Japan's pacifist constitution will even unavoidably have an impact on the U.S.-Japan alliance model, which will damage the authority and interests of the United States, said Liu, an expert on Japanese issues with the Academy of Military Sciences.

Liu said that Abe exposed his intention by claiming that "revising the constitution is a must to break away from the post-war system," when he took office for the first time.

In February 2013, Abe reiterated his intentions on this matter.

According to the article, Japan has been longing to break a series of post-war arrangements made by the United States.

It noted that Abe once specified that the reason for the proposed revision is that the current constitution is imposed on Japan by the United States, while Japan needs one stipulated by itself.

Moreover, Japan's eagerness to exercise the right of collective self-defense is simply to obtain the right to freely use armed forces overseas at an early date in order to accelerate the realization of so-called "military normalization."

The post-war international order has long been recognized and embraced by the world, and Abe's attempt will not succeed easily, the article said.

(Editor:DuMingming、Yao Chun)

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