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The article was written by a professor from China who is teaching at a Japanese university. It suggests that the Japanese are suffering from an “ally dilemma,” indicating that its main ally, the United States, does not take Japan seriously.
“Japan is very curious about what was being talked about between the leaders of China and the U.S., because Tokyo is wondering whether the U.S. would sell out Japan as a diplomatic bargaining chip while dealing with China,” the article says.
FALSE SPACE AGE
China’s government appears to have falsified the age of a female astronaut in order to promote heroism and nationalism among its most valued age group.
On Tuesday, China launched the manned spacecraft Shenzhou-10 (Devine Vessel-10) to conduct docking maneuvers with its space station, the Tiangong-1 (Celestial Palace-1). One of three astronauts aboard the spacecraft is a female People’s Liberation Army (PLA) air force officer named Maj. Wang Yaping, who is being promoted in state media as a model soldier for China’s most productive and most talked-about demographic section, the “born after 1980 generation.”
Maj. Wang has been dubbed as “the first born-after-1980 generation’s female astronaut that flies into outer space.” Her official biography, published by the tightly controlled news media, says she was born in January 1980.
The problem is that she was born in April 1978, disqualifying her as a member of the designated demographic group.
Last year, Maj. Wang was the alternate to China’s first female astronaut, PLA air force Lt. Liu Yang, for the Shenzhou-9 mission. At the time, Maj. Wang was widely reported as having been born in April 1978 and was called a model soldier for the “born after 1970 generation.”
State censors have been busy erasing all references to her real age from China’s cyberspace.
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