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Taking moral high ground a better way to solve Diaoyu islands dispute

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 01 December, 2013, 5:38am
UPDATED : Sunday, 01 December, 2013, 5:38am

I refer to the report "US slams China's 'escalation' over Diaoyus", November 25.

China has declared the airspace over Diaoyu Islands to be within its "East China sea air defence identification zone". It said China will take "defensive emergency measures" against aircraft that fail to identify themselves properly or follow its radio instructions.

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has reminded China that the Diaoyu Islands, known as the Senkaku Islands in Japan, are covered by the 1952 US-Japan security treaty, under which the US is committed to fighting alongside Japan to repel any "common danger".

China has achieved incredible economic progress within the short span of the last 30 years.

It has moved from a backward and poor country to being the second-largest economy in the world.

It has built up and is still building an infrastructure which is the envy of the world.

Its people for the first time in 5,000 years of Chinese history are now able to enjoy a decent living.

China is now taking a great risk, thinking that this tactic will force Japan to the negotiating table on the issue of sovereignty over the islands, which Japan so far has refused to discuss.

Beijing is confident that, should there be a war with Japan over the islands - confined to the armed forces of just these two nations - it will win, which is true.

But any miscalculations or misunderstandings will drag the United States into the conflict. Then it will not be a localised war.

Chinese people will suffer greatly should there be such a war. Do Chinese leaders want to see what China has achieved in the last 30 years be destroyed in that conflict?

Instead of using strong-arm tactics, is it not better that the central government takes the moral high ground by settling the South China Sea territorial dispute with the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei first?

Then world opinion will force Japan to negotiate with China over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands dispute.

A mutually agreed "win-win" settlement is the only way to solve the island dispute between China and Japan.

Alex Woo, Tsim Sha Tsui


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Mr. Woo,
Are you deaf, dumb or brain dead? We are already on the moral high ground!
I am against all forms of provocation. But the US has never respected China's airspace. Sadly to say, in a showdown in the air or over the blue waters, there is no way China could prevail over the the axis of evil aggressors - the US and Japan - at this point in time.
Both the US and Japan claim China’s ADIZ as destabilizing. Today’s Minpao reported that Taiwanese aircrafts have to file flight plans with Japanese ADIZ: news.mingpao.com/20131203/cca1.htm. Worse, some flights were intercepted in mid course and had to return to original base.

Why should China be denied the privilege enjoyed by all warmongers -- those who had waged the most destructive wars on humanity and are still saber rattling with their navies?
China is perhaps premature with enforcing its rights to self defense. Those who stole you blind yesterday are still sitting on the spoils. Sorry, there isn't much China can do at the moment. Using your economic power is the only option.
Shame on SCMP reports and commentaries for taking a hard line on behalf of the US and Japan. HK's hate-China bananas are really enjoying this one.
This article appears to be homework of some high school students..
If I were Beijing I wouldn't be so sure about defeating Japan. Further humiliation beckons. China is playing a very dangerous game indeed.
There is a lot of tension due to the ADIZ in South China Sea. Both Japan and China have ADIZs. In order to have open sea lines, I think all countries in South East Asia should eliminate their ADIZs. Anyone who refuses to join is the true aggressor and enemy of peace.
Turgid rubbish and elaborated ignorance typical of AW
who abuses his obsessed high-sounding words
moral high ground
winning a war
win-win settlement
world opinion
Democracy means tolerance for such nonsense
I wish he were a Japanese
what is more humiliating? let the JPs take what's ours or fighting our countries dignity?
Nope, I think Xie is right on this one.. yes China is no match for America.. But if the Alliance were to destroy China and let it go back to the poor days of Mao China would be alot more dangerous! Why? imagine North Korea with large stocks of Nukes, ICMBs, large population with nothing more to loose?


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