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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. 

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Beijing ready to talk to Tokyo about Diaoyus, says Wang Yi

We can sort out a way to deal with the situation if Tokyo first admits there is an ownership dispute over the islands, says foreign minister

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 21 September, 2013, 11:52am
UPDATED : Sunday, 22 September, 2013, 3:58am

China is ready to discuss territorial claims in the East China Sea with Japan once Tokyo declares the islands are disputed, according to Beijing's senior diplomat.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi made his remarks about the Diaoyu Islands, which Japan calls the Senkakus, in Washington on Friday.

Wang blamed Japan, which bought the islands from a private owner last year, for rising tensions between the two neighbours.

"The Diaoyus are an integral part of Chinese territory," Wang told an audience after he delivered a speech to the Brookings Institution think tank.

"Our position has not changed, and nor should it change. China has a firm determination to uphold its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

"In spite of this, we are still ready to sit down in a dialogue with the Japanese to work out jointly a way to manage the current situation. But Japan needs first to recognise that there is such a dispute. The whole world knows there is."

Wang, who served as China's ambassador to Japan before he was appointed foreign minister, added: "I believe there will be a day when the Japanese will return to the table of dialogue."

In his speech, Wang returned to the idea of a "new model of major-country relationship" between China and the US, a theme raised by President Xi Jinping when he met US President Barack Obama in California in June.

China and the US "should genuinely respect and accommodate each other's concerns and interests" in the Asia-Pacific, Wang said. "We have never thought about pushing the US out of the region," he said. "Rather, we hope the US will play a positive role in safeguarding peace, stability and development in the Asia-Pacific."

Wang also expressed hope for progress on the Taiwan issue.

"If the US can go along with the prevailing trend of peaceful development of cross-straits relations and genuinely appreciate and respect China's efforts to oppose separation and achieve peaceful reunification, the issue - once a liability and negative factor in our relationship - will be turned into an asset and a positive factor," Wang said.

"Wang's remarks marked a sea change," said Qu Xing , president of the China Institute of International Studies.

"This is a new viewpoint never spoken of before," Qu said. "In the past, you could say that 80 per cent of the tension in the Sino-US relationship was over the Taiwan issue."

Wang also pushed for a resumption of six-party international talks over North Korea's nuclear programme, saying that Pyongyang was ready to recommit to the goal of denuclearisation. "Now that North Korea has said it will return to that goal, it's time for the parties to have serious dialogue on how we can achieve that," Wang said.

Qu said Wang had successfully turned the "new model of major-country relationship" into many practical issues, ranging from Asia-Pacific matters to the international problems like Syria.

"The atmosphere was friendly and the results should be fruitful," Qu said.

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andreaswagner
So all the territories mapped by the British during the centuries of their empire can now be claimed by them? Interesting.
Oh, and Italy just claimed all of North-West Europe. Seems the Romans were there 2000 years ago. That brings them a bit in conflict with Denmark and Norway. They claim the same.
Oh, and the Americans just claimed the entire moon, mapped and all.
jiawang@adb.org
China blinked.
XYZ
Yes, there is a dispute, but Japan doesn't want to talk about it. Sort of the way China doesn't want to acknowledge there is a dispute about Tibet or Xinjiang.
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"Everybody's got something to hide, except for me and my monkey." John Lennon
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pseudotriton
Admit that there is dispute and come to the negotiating table, that's all China is asking of Japan, and not unlike what Japan wants from its other opponents (S. Korea, Russia, etc.) in its other territorial disputes. But the Abe gov't remains stubborn because it's counting on the US backing it up if things really go south with China. So the real problem is still ultimately the US, who just cannot keep its meddling fingers out of the business in other parts of the world. (And the US was the one created the Diaoyu territorial dispute in the first place by handing it to Japanese administration.)
Anthony1223
Another evident of Diaoyu Tai belong to China
U.S. forces periodically used the Diaoyu (Senkaku) island as an aerial bombing target. The U.S. military applied each time to the Chinese (Taiwan) government for authorization.
Anthony1223
Truth of History Not to be brain-washed
In June 2004, another Japanese professor Tadayoshi Murata of Yokohama National University, published "Senkaku Islands vs the Diaoyu Islands Dispute" (some info is here) and supports that "Since the Ming Dynasty, Chinese maps and documents of many kinds marked Diaoyu Islands, Huangwei Islands, Chiwei Islands as being lying within the territory of China". His 2nd book in 2013: "Origin of Japan's territorial issues - Official documents do not reflect the Truth".
The island did not appear in the Map of Great Japan in 1876 drew by Japan's General Staff Office of the Ministry of Army . Japan's claim of its purported "discovery in 1884" of the Diaoyu Islands contradicts with the navigation map in its own 1783 historical document Sankoku Tsuran Zusetsu published by prominent Japanese military scholar Hayashi Shihei clearly stating the island a part of China . The inconvenient Truth behind the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands . What does the view of some Japanese scholars tell us ? . Small islands � Big problem: Senkaku/Diaoyu
Japanese Professor Murata said, "We tend to take the opinion of the government, political parties and media as being the correct views and accept them readily; however, those opinions do not necessarily represent the truth. To us scholars, what is important is what is real, what is true, not the national interest; over this point, political parties and media have the same problem."
Anthony1223
The Japanese media repeatedly written "China is bullying Japan""we did nothing wrong, just China is unreasonable", and based on Cabinet Chief's statement Netouyo guys ( Japan right wing ) exaggerate it.
Japanese totally failed to acquire an authentic defeated=敗戦国 mentality, or offender=加害国 mentality, instead of 災害復興 mentality.Furthermore, Japanese are very good at forgetting something.
But it is not going to be used as any excuse. Japan need another lesson because 65 years after WW2 Japanese memories and suffering from the war are already gone.Their politicians are asking for another one.
XYZ
China is going to teach the Japanese another lesson, just like they did in WW II. Er, oops. Sorry. Never mind.
Anthony1223
On July 14 2012, Sun Kawasaki, international intelligence chief of the former Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan said Diaoyutai and its affiliated islands is not inherent territory of Japan. He further explained that the Chinese influence in the 14th century, Chinese military had been extended to the Diaoyu Islands and their adjacent waters, while the Diaoyu Islands belong to Taiwan, Taiwan belongs to China, that the Diaoyutai and its affiliated islands belong to China. He believes that maintaining the status quo is the most advantageous method to Japan.

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