It seems that Hatoyama’s yūai philosophy and approach to foreign policy is not a complete failure (sic) – seems that Hatoyama got a nice photo-op (jp) with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and a commitment by China to stop dragging their feet on negotiations for joint development of gas fields in the East China Sea which have been on the back-burner since 2008. Given some of the recent naval territorial run-ins the two countries have had there was also agreement to set up better crisis management mechanism by way of a conflict ‘hotline’. Credit where credit is due I feel. The DPJ have been doing a decent job of managing relations with China from what I can tell. Then again, not unnecessarily antagonizing your neighbours is bound to be a solid default option.