In today’s top story, the Chinese and Japanese ambassadors to the U.K. have appeared on the BBC’s Newsnight. After China’s Liu Xiaoming compared Japanese militarism to Potter’s nemesis last week, Japan’s Keiichi Hayashi urged China on Sunday not “to play the role of Voldemort in the region by letting loose the evil of an arms race and escalation of tensions.” Newsnight host Jeremy Paxman spoke with Hayashi first, then crossed the studio to join the Chinese ambassador at another table. “It’s not a seating configuration we frequently suggest to guests,” tweeted editor Ian Katz. Read more.
Chinese national Xu Shuaijun was rescued by the Japanese Coast Guard after an unsuccessful attempt at landing on the disputed Diaoyu Islands in his hot air balloon.
Only when Japan faces up to the past can it embrace the future.
The last time Abe was elected prime minister, in 2006, his first foreign trip was to China. Don’t count on it this time around.