The Asahi Shimbun reported that the Chinese government did not want Seiji Maehara to resign.
A professor at Tsinghua University, Liu Jiangyong, called his resignation “regrettable.”
“He was not bad for China at all,” said one senior Chinese government official.
In the article, the Asahi Shimbun seemed to imply that, after a rough start, Maehara had become a new man and had seen the light. And now China liked him.
In reality, China always liked Maehara because, as I stated earlier, China likes the status quo. China likes seikei bunri – adversarial political relations with Japan but close economic relations. Maehara supports that policy. Actually, Maehara implemented that policy. Remember, he’s the one who used the word “hysterical” to refer to China’s reaction to the Senkaku incident.