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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. 

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TERRITORIAL DISPUTE

Abe's adviser blasts China in barbed Hong Kong speech

Abe aide's address read out at HK forum accuses Beijing of using force in islands row

PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 21 January, 2013, 12:12pm

Japan's top foreign policy adviser, in an inflammatory speech delivered at a regional forum in Hong Kong yesterday, accused China of asserting a territorial claim by force and breaching the international order.

Yachi Shotaro's speech, read on his behalf by a former Japanese official, at the third Sino-US Colloquium, was immediately rebuffed by Chinese participants.

Retired People's Liberation Army major general Pan Zhenqiang, now a government adviser, described Yachi's statement as "very rude and arrogant", and warned Tokyo to treat China as an enemy at its peril.

The fiery exchanges came as Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang yesterday expressed "strong discontent" about comments by US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton over the Diaoyu Islands. Clinton said earlier that the United States acknowledged Japan's control of waters near the disputed island although it did not have a stance over who had ultimate sovereignty.

This is the first time that Japan has sent delegates to the annual forum, organised by the China Energy Fund Committee in Hong Kong. Among its speakers were two former US four-star generals, one PLA general and two former Japanese commanders, as well as top thinkers and government advisers from the three countries.

All attention was on the speech by Yachi, widely believed to be the architect of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's foreign policy and who was recently appointed a special foreign adviser. Yachi did not attend the talk in person but wrote the speech read by Takujiro Hamada, a former deputy foreign minister of Japan.

Yachi warned China to be careful of its behaviour or risk being isolated by its neighbours. He said Chinese leaders "made absolutely no claim" over the Diaoyu Islands after the second world war or in 1997, when the countries normalised their ties.

"You are now asserting the claim by force," said Yachi, referring to Beijing's dispatching of surveillance planes and ships to waters near the Diaoyus, which Japan calls the Senkakus.

"One must say that the act alone is breaching the rule of international order," he said. "I should like to ask you: is this a China you want to show to the world? Is this a China that your children will be proud of?

"My message to the Chinese is that now it is time for you to be content about who you are and what you have accomplished. Now it is time for you to be a good neighbour of Japan, a good neighbour to the Philippines and a good neighbour to Vietnam.

"Use of force and intimidation will buy you no goodwill from your neighbour or that of the international community. You will be a superpower - much feared but not much liked."

He called for the US to strengthen ties with Japan and said Tokyo was ready to "activate the dormant right of collective defence" - which could be interpreted as a step for Japan to rearm.

General Pan rebuffed Yachi's remarks. "I feel shocked and a bit sad about his historic view and his value system," he told the forum. "Mr Yachi's comments are so rude and arrogant. It is confusing [on who is in] the right and the wrong. [He] is saying that China can only be a responsible member if it totally complies to Japan's demands, otherwise China is irresponsible.

"When Japan invaded China [in the 1930s and 40s], this was the kind of attitude they showed to Chinese people: you can only enjoy peace and prosperity if you listen to our command. Do they still want to send that message to [the] Chinese today?"

Pan called Japan Asia's revisionist power, as Abe's government was trying to change the international order established after the second world war, which imposed a peaceful constitution on Japan and banned it from full-fledged militarisation.

"I just want to remind Japanese friends: is it in Japan's interest to treat China as an enemy? Is this the way for Japan to win respect by insisting on such strange historic view?" Pan said.

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pslhk
johnrai7
Military personnels are thousands tuppence in Wanchai, both ex and serving
Some of them are of that kind of materials
The more foolish ones would pretend to be intelligence experts
johnrai7, I’m impressed by your credential, in a way you may not appreciate
If Nips defence is any good
Yankee big bro and feudal master won’t have to stand out and warn.
Your are too modest to say “I don't know what PLA has in mind”
You don’t even know what’s in your own mind
The simple question posted by Fukushima and Kobe is
How could Diaoyu help the Nips,
If even the four islands Postdam allowed them
could easily become geographical graveyards
johnrai7, enjoy and rest your nerves here,
China’s friendly HKSAR will take care of your shell or paper shock
from when you last bet your life (or did you?) on Uncle Sam's cause :D
johnrai7
Hi pslhk, sorry to upset you but its really embarrassing every time Chinese vessels go around the island and they get chased away by Japanese air force or navy, that's what I mean provoking.
"China under the CCP will join and fight to the end" seems ure watching too much of those propaganda TV war series :D or are you must be 9?
I don't know what PLA has in mind, as am being from army back ground that's a really silly intention. Anyways, with all due respect I know what war taste like :)
lamlm38
so u know how to take it in ur ar*** as well i presumed!!! where is ur dignity anyway? if u hv any that is..
lamlm38
so ur suggesting the PLA taking it in the A** and comply to the JP demand? the CCP wont survive very long should they relinguish the islands now to the fu**** JPs and their yank gangster frens!!
babyhenry
You must be 5 then. On one hand you complain that China will ignite the war, while you are admitting the Japanese the ones pulling their guns out. You and your Japanese stooges here are a hell of a joke.
Camel
Stop crying and bow to apologise to the nations you had invated and raped. The islands are not yours and were stolen from the Chinese during the invasion of China. You vowed to return everything you had stolen including these islands. The matter is very clear to me.
clc2
This whole mess can best be described as a can that needs to be kicked a few decades down the road.
hongkiejj@malaysiaboleh
Dear japan Goverment
btw, stop pretending you are the victim.
It is you that started this crab.
hongkiejj@malaysiaboleh
Dear Japan minister
I am from malaysia and my grandparents are from China. They ran away from the japanese during WW2 and but unfortunately, my grandfather was either gun down or slaughter when they invaded Malaya. As far as an apology or regret or remorse about it, your goverment have not been sincere about it. Dont pretend. Yasukini speaks for itself and the actions from your cabinet.I just simply refuse to accept your version of an apology.
I do not hate the Japanese people as the past is the past. I have visited japan on numerous occasion for holidays and even doing business with them. Japanese people that I know are nice and sincere and whenever we touch on the WW2 subject, I do feel their pain and shame. They should not be blame or be responsible for the atrocities committed to their grandparents.
However, when it comes to your goverment, the scenario is completely different.
These island are just rocks and it is indeed not worth going to war for those tiny rocks but the manner you are conducting is like as if China is totally wrong and China is the one that started this and is harrassing or threatening your country. What a load of rubbish !
You have broken the truce on what was agreed upon. It is a gentlemen agreement and a handshake to acknowledged that those island be best left to future wiser generation to settle.
How this will end, I hope it will not resort to war. But whatever the outcome, I know all the the overseas Chinese will support China.
Chinese Canadian
Good words hoitung
and I am an oversea Chinese. As I said in an early post, why doesn't the US acknowledge Dokdo as administered by South Korean, considering that's another disputed island. Better yet, why haven't the Japanese been up in words about the Kuril Islands that is administered by the Russians. US is just saying that there not taking sides and yet out right doing so in a public announcement recently. Both the Americans and Japanese governments are hypocrites.

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