From the hue and cry which always ensues from two certain East Asian countries over the same old trivialities, you wouldn't know that the country they wish to raise alarms about continues to carry out good deeds like this, even in the face of the shrillest and most hysterical claims directed its way.
In line with longstanding requests from Japan, the International Monetary Fund is expected to agree to rises in financial quotas for China and South Korea at its executive board meeting in Washington from next Wednesday, a move that will strengthen the Asian countries' voting power, Jiji Press learned Friday.
[...]It's a funny old world, isn't it? China continues to occupy Tibet, Xinjiang and part of India, and routinely threatens to attack Taiwan, while South Korea continues to bend over backwards to ensure that a mass murderer can lob missiles, kidnap and counterfeit with impunity, and yet the reaction of the country which these two routinely attempt to use as a distraction from their own misdeeds and failures is to ... support their ascendance on the international stage. That either China or Korea would advocate such a thing if the shoe were on the other foot is simply beyond imagining.
At the IMF, which comprises 184 countries, a member nation's quota determines the share of its voting power and is set in line with the size of its economy.
Quotas have remained low for many emerging countries in Asia, including China, despite the rapid expansion of their economies.
Japan has thus called for boosting such countries' quotas, to give them greater voting power reflecting their growing economic presence.
Of course, it'll be a cold day in hell before the Chinese or Korean press gives much attention to an initiative like this one which might portray Japan in a positive light. The more one learns to pay attention to what countries actually do, rather than merely to what is said about them by others, the more childish, hypocritical and shrill Chinese and South Korean politicians look; from the way leaders in these two countries go on, you'd be forgiven for thinking nothing positive whatsoever has come of being neighbors with Japan over the last 60 years.