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Vol 3 (AAC) No 12

Published 1st October 2010

Seiji Maehara

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Japan

Known as a ‘China hawk’, Seiji Maehara moved to the Foreign Ministry just as Japan-China relations are at a low. In September, a dispute with China over the Senkaku islands once again erupted after a Chinese fishing boat collided with two Japanese patrol boats. Diplomatic niceties have been put aside: Maehara termed the ongoing Chinese protests ‘hysterical’ and China’s spokesman Ma Zhouxu was ‘deeply shocked’ by such coarse language.

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