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April 15, 2001

Minister for Foreign Affairs
Government of Japan
2-2-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8919, Japan
Phone: 81-3-3580-3311

Mr. Minister Yohei Kono:

I have been watching on the recent U.S.-China consultations on the collision accident of the U.S. and Chinese Military aircrafts and Japaní»s reactions to this affair. As you fully understand, amicable U.S.-China relations are essential to peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region and the world.

However, after I read your April 11, 2001 comments on this affair, it becomes necessary for Asian people to request your government to play a positive as well as a peaceful role in the Asia-Pacific region. In your comment, you only showed concerns of and the welcome for the release of the 24 U.S. spy crew members from China, without any mentioning to Japaní»s role to support the U.S. military activities hostile against China until today, or to prevent such accidents in the future.

The U.S. Navy EP-3E electronic spy aircraft, as well as other U.S. surveillance aircrafts, have utilized Kadana and other military bases in Japan to conduct spy activities around Chinaí»s coast for so long a time.

I know no one here in the U.S. likes to see a PLA military aircraft appearing in the San Francisco Bay coast (where I am living); I am also certain that on one in Japan likes to see a PLA military aircraft appearing in the Tokyo Bay coast (where you are living). And you are not an ordinary Japanese. You are Japaní»s Minister for Foreign Affairs, and your duty is to defend Japaní»s sovereignty, which includs not allowing any foreign military forces to utilize military bases in Japan to conduct hostile activities against other Asian countries.

I sincerely request your government immediately stop supporting/providing military bases to the U.S. for any purpose beyond Japaní»s self-defense.


Jing Zhao
Representative, US-Japan-China Comparative Policy Research Institute