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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. 


China slams US-Japan treaty on Diaoyus

PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 December, 2012, 6:03pm
UPDATED : Monday, 03 December, 2012, 9:26pm

China on Monday branded a US-Japan security treaty “a product of the cold war” after Washington reaffirmed its commitment to Japan in its territorial dispute with China over the Senkaku Islands, known in Chinese as the Diaoyus.

The amendment, attached to the National Defence Authorisation Bill, noted that while the United States “takes no position” on the ultimate sovereignty of the territory, it “acknowledges the administration of Japan over the Senkaku Islands”.

It added that “unilateral actions of a third party” would not affect its position.

The legislation passed last week reaffirmed the US commitment to Japan under the Treaty of Mutual Co-operation and Security and warned that an armed attack against either party “in the territories under the administration of Japan” would be met in accordance with its provisions.

“The Chinese side expresses serious concern and firm opposition to the US Senates’s amendment to the National Defence Authorisation Act,” foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters.

“The Diaoyu islands and affiliated islands have been China’s inherent territory since ancient times. China has indisputable sovereignty over them.”

Hong said the legislation violated Washington’s repeated pledge to not take sides in the dispute.

“The US-Japan security treaty is a product of the cold war and should not go beyond the bilateral scope or undermine the interests of a third party,” Hong said.

“We hope the US side will bare in mind the broader interests of peace and stability in the region, honour its words with actions and refrain from sending self-contradictory, wrong signals.”

The sovereignty of the islands has been a source of friction for decades, but the row erupted earlier this year after the nationalist governor of Tokyo said he wanted to buy them for the city, forcing the Japanese government to nationalise them.

Chinese vessels have been spotted in and around the territorial waters every day for the last month.

Both sides have publicly refused to back down on their respective claims to the Japan-controlled islands.


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well jchan at least the chinese has never cooked up some story and invaded a sovereign country which caused hundreds of thousand of lives!!!! red.. iraq!! the yanks behave like gangster in this word.. oh well the **** and the chinoys are our frens we just support them no matter what.. the chinese should continue arming themselves over the nxt decades.. the yanks only understand force..
The world is watching closely to China’s expanding hegemony in the Asian region. It should be no surprise that its Asian neighbours would be strengthening their ties with other powers to hinder this threat. Behind all this talk of ‘peace’ is a hidden ambition to expand Chinese rule to the whole Asian region. We all know what happens when ‘Chinese rule’ takes over. One only has to look at the oppression in Tibet.
This really should come as no surprise to Beijing. The islands have been administered by Japan for quite some time so it's to be expected that they fall under the scope of the security treaty.


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