Fine example of patriotism an inspiration to all of us

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 January, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 January, 1997, 12:00am

I wish to express my views on the conflict between China and Japan over the sovereignty of the Diaoyu Islands.

I was very sad to hear that our beloved patriot David Chan Yuk-cheung lost his life while trying to protect the islands.

This tragedy began with Japan's occupation of the Diaoyu Islands. We all know the islands belong to China, not Japan. Much evidence in the form of maps and written history proves it.

So it is China's right and responsibility to manage the islands. The Japanese should respect this fact.

The Chinese and Taiwanese governments should take firm and immediate action to protect the islands.

Japanese warships should not be allowed to carry out continuous action to possess the islands and blockade the waters.

I wonder why the Chinese Government, which did its best to suppress the student democratic activities in June 1989, is doing nothing to solve the problem of the Diaoyu Islands? Is it because the Chinese do not want to spoil their economic relationship with Japan? All Chinese people, including those in Hong Kong, should make every effort to get back the islands.

There is an invasion of Japanese culture in Hong Kong, so the most effective way to force Japan to return the islands is to boycott all Japanese products. These include electrical appliances, vehicles, even Japanese comics and cartoons.

This would show Japan that its militarism is not acceptable.

If everybody supports this idea, the Japanese economy will suffer. Japan would then give up the Diaoyu Islands.

As a student, I can do little for the Diaoyu Islands. But I will support all those who are campaigning so hard to get them back. They are all brave people and we should be proud of them.

The late Mr Chan sacrificed his life for the Diaoyu Islands. His death should not discourage us from achieving our target. In fact, it should inspire us.

His loss does not mean failure in protecting the islands. Mr Chan's sacrifice should encourage us to carry on.

Although Mr Chan can no longer do anything for the Diaoyu Islands, his spirit lives on.

No matter how difficult it is to reach our target, we must not give up.

My fellow students, Mr Chan's noble example reminds us that we should never give up, no matter how difficult a situation may be.

There may be lots of difficulties, failure or unhappiness in trying to reach a target, but don't give up.

Stand firm on your feet, find out what is wrong, and face the challenge.

Mr Chan, your bravery and patriotism will live forever.

We will never forget you! Raymond is a student of Lok Sin Tong Ku Chiu Man Secondary School