拜登 與 美日協會－－中美關係不能繞過日本
Monday, September 20, 2010 梁建鋒 「總編會客室」
拜登說：「we have to get right between the United States and China... frankly, I don't know how that relationship can be made right other than going through Tokyo（我們需要正確處理美中關係…坦白說，我不知道如非透過日本，這關係怎能夠是正確的）」解讀拜登發言的主旨，實實在在的表明美國是在「利用」日本。而基於雙重利益關係，既能牽制中國又討好美國，日本當然甘於擔當這關鍵角色。
Biden: US-China ties must go through Tokyo
(AFP) – 8 hours ago
WASHINGTON — US Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that American efforts to improve ties with China must "go through Tokyo" in a warm message to key US ally Japan as it faces rising tensions with Beijing.
Three days before US President Barack Obama is set to meet Prime Minister Naoto Kan in New York, Biden stressed the fundamental nature of relations with Japan in US Asia-Pacific policy.
"There is an emerging relationship that we have to get right between the United States and China... frankly, I don't know how that relationship can be made right other than going through Tokyo," Biden said.
"I don't know how it works without our partner in that part of the world."
Biden told the US-Japan Council's annual conference here that Tokyo was crucial to solving the crisis on the Korean peninsula, other regional security issues and social and political challenges.
"It seems to be that we sometimes of late have been too quick to focus on one relationship which is critically important," he said, referring to China, though arguing that Obama's outreach to Beijing had been making progress.
At the same time, Biden said the American people also had to understand that relations with Japan were the "linchpin" of what Washington could get done in the region.
Earlier Monday, Japan said it regretted China's decision to suspend high-level exchanges over Tokyo's arrest of a Chinese boat captain in disputed waters, urging Beijing not to let the spat ruin their relationship.
Beijing on Sunday had threatened "strong counter-measures" after Japan extended the detention of the boat captain accused of intentionally ramming his trawler into two Japanese patrol vessels in the East China Sea.
Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg said that the flare-up was "unfortunate" in light of efforts between China and Japan to repair relations in recent years.
"Good relations between China and Japan are in our interest. It's in the interest of everybody else in the region," Steinberg said.
"The important thing is to sustain dialogue and to recognize that when you have complex situations like this, that engagement is the best way to move forward," Steinberg said at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Japan seized the captain near an island chain claimed by both countries as well as Taiwan -- an area with rich fishing grounds as well as possible oil and gas deposits.
Obama is due to meet Kan on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, on a day when he is also due to meet Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.
The United States stations nearly 50,000 troops in Japan, which it is obliged to defend under a security treaty.