@voyager1 the die has been cast long time ago, Japan will rather commit HARA KIRI than accept Chinese supremacy. They can't accept a fellow Asian is superior than them. It's ashamed having the same Confucius value and all but that is the reality.
Why the 25-Year China-Iran Strategic Cooperation Agreement isn’t a “big deal,” literally or figuratively.
In indirect talks in Vienna, the U.S. and Iran agreed to try to synchronize Washington’s lifting of sanctions and Iran’s limiting of uranium enrichment.
Old habits die hard. In terms of trustworthy in partnership, I would rank UAE and SA above Iran. Iranian national psych is somewhat still stuck in Shah era. For many around world, the fact that today China is a global superpower is too difficult to take in.
The Japanese lost their Confucian values when they manipulated them for their militaristic policies in the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition, in modern day Japan, Japanese scholars view Confucianism as a relic of the past rather than a philosophy. So in short the Japan we know today isnt Confucian at all and therefore should not be trusted.