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Diaoyu Islands

The Diaoyu Islands are a group of uninhabited islands located roughly due east of mainland China, northeast of Taiwan, west of Okinawa Island, and north of the southwestern end of the Ryukyu Islands. They are currently controlled by Japan, which calls them Senkaku Islands. Both China and Taiwan claim sovereignty over the islands. 


Japan must give back islands

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 02 April, 2013, 5:59am

I refer to your editorial ("The world looks at Sino-US talks", March 21).

You mentioned that US President Barack Obama will meet the newly-elected Chinese President Xi Jinping possibly in September.

Mr Obama will also visit Japan and South Korea during that trip. During his visits he will probably once again urge the leaders of the three countries to try to solve the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands dispute between China and Japan, and the Dokdo/Takashima Island dispute between South Korea and Japan, peacefully.

After the Meiji Restoration in Japan, its military formulated a plan of hegemony. Their justification was that Japan did not have enough land mass to feed its people and it needed natural resources for its modernisation.

Taiwan with its rich farmlands and Manchuria with its rich mineral resources were targeted.

In 1894, Korea, which was then a protectorate of China, had an internal rebellion. Japan, in the name of helping Korea to put down the rebellion, sent troops into the country.

After the rebellion was put down, Japan refused to withdraw its troops. That was the cause of the first Sino-Japanese War. In January 1895, when Japan saw it was going to win that war, it annexed the Diaoyu Islands into its Okinawa prefecture. The hapless Qing court probably was not even aware of this fact.

The Diaoyu Islands should have been returned to China in the San Francisco Peace treaty signed in 1951 between Japan and the Allied powers. Instead, the US included it into Okinawa and put the prefecture under US administration. It was an expedient move.

At that time the US was engaged in the Korean War with the People's Republic of China, and needed Okinawa as a military base. If the US had suggested returning the islands to China then Japan would not have acceded to Okinawa being put under US administration so easily.

Japan's hegemony plan succeeded in annexing Korea in 1910, and ruled it as a colony. After Japan was defeated in the second world war, Korea was returned to the Korean people but Japan kept Dokdo Island, claiming it belonged to Japan.

The disputed islands were taken from China and Korea during the days of Japanese militarism. Unless mutually acceptable solutions are found between the countries involved to settle the disputes, it will be difficult for China and Korea to go onto the path of true friendship and co-operation with Japan.

Alex Woo, Tsim Sha Tsui


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chinas got no case or theyd be in court
Japan must give back islands? seriously, when china must return Tibet to Tibetans? Xinjiang back to Ughurs? Paracel islands back to Vietnam? The world has not forget chinese invaded and illegal occupied these land from others.
Seriously, when was the last time you beat your wife? Maybe a ridiculous question, but less ridiculous than yours.
China's President ha recently Quoted and is putting his foot into his mouth.
” Mr Xi said. “And no one should be allowed to throw the region, or even the whole world, into chaos for selfish gains.”
Japan must give up islands, to China, to be more correct. The islands are Chinese territories after world war II, from 1945 to the present time.
Why ? because Japan has surrendered them in their instrument of surrender in 1945, which is a valid legal international treaty, signed by all allies including the US.
There is not other treaty that can alter the above post war treaty, not the US, not the cold war, not the San Francisco Treaty of 1951, not the Okinawa Reversion act of 1971.
Japan must "give up" its illegal "administration" of the islands if it is to gain international support.
The US cannot support Japan in an unjust course forever, because its own interests will be at stake.
China is on the "ascent", and is "coming back" to the world stage. Japan should recognize the right thing to do, and not stand on the wrong side of history.
The annexation of the islands by Japan in 1895 is secretive, illegal by Japan's domestic laws and not binding by international laws. Japan's case is too weak to stand up to detailed scrutiny. There is one way for Japan, to give up.
Japan is now finding hard to get support of its claim from most of the countries of the world.
Why ? This is because It is wrong for Japan to keep the islands which were taken from China in 1895 covertly and illegally.
China's claim is just and on the right side of history.
Does it mean the US must give back it territories to the native Indian ?
For the Diaoyu/Senkaky islands, China's case is based on the results of the second world war.
China and Japan must settle the dispute according to this war.
All the other disputes, if any, that you refer, are not related to the second world war.


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