China was irked by the comment that U.S. State Department spokesman Patrick Terrell made at a press conference on May 2, 2013, about Japan’s Peace Constitution. Patrick said, "Any question about Japan’s Constitution should be asked of Japan. It’s an internal matter the Japanese government should consider." Beijing Daily published an article accusing the U.S. of being ill-intentioned by siding with Japan in amending its peace constitution. The article listed three major reasons for the U.S. position.
The article said, “In the context of the expanding extreme right-wing political forces in Japan and their increasingly dangerous political activities in defending Japan’s history of aggression and its militarism, the United States, as a country witnessing the enactment of Japan’s peace constitution, hypocritically took Japan’s revision of its peace constitution to be the same as other countries’ amending their existing constitutions, calling it ‘an internal matter of the Japanese government.’ The U.S’s ill intention in siding with and conniving with the Japanese ultra-right political forces on the military expansion of its strong army is all too clear. It makes one wonder about the deeper reasons behind the act.”
“First, it is a reflection of the U.S.’s global power politics and hegemonism. The United States has the world’s most powerful military machine, guarding all of the important military bases and transport corridors around the world. Facing major changes in the international situation, the United States is trying to implement a rebalancing strategy in Asia and an increase in its military presence in countries such as Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Australia, and Singapore, in order to strengthen its control of Asia using super military power. In the context of U.S.’s military strategy, which is in contradiction to the trend toward world peace and development, Japan’s strengthening of its military power is exactly what the United States has been expecting for many years."
“Second, due to the huge U.S. budget deficit and its military spending constraints, there is an urgent need to foster the Japanese military more actively by strengthening the U.S.-Japan military alliance and forcing Japan to spend money and send troops without restriction for the implementation of its global military strategy."
“Third, the U.S. is implementing the dual policy of cooperation with and containment of China. It is building a strategic encirclement to deter China while strengthening exchanges and cooperation with China. Japan’s Abe government coincides well with the United States’ attempts in this regard.”
Source: Beijing Daily, May 7, 2013