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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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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 is typically rife with
rubbish - “China playing provoking game”?
and stale egg for his own s.u.c.k.i.n.g – “war is never won without the loss of many lives before it ends”
Dimwits may never have the iq to recognize the FACTs that
Nips have been provoking
and Yanks have been unthinkingly killing SE Asians, Arabs and Americans.
China is never as isolated as when it pushed back aggressive India in 1962
Ignorant Johnrai7, insufferable fool, mouthing Nehru’s “brotherhood” attiude
is ignorant about Indian encroachments into Chinse territories.
US is technologically much more advanced than China and all others
But has the US really won in Iraq and Afghanistan?
China is not at all as experienced in war as the US
But when it is unavoidable,
China under the CCP will join and fight to the end
Americans can’t take pains and losses
It will be Chinese and Nips killing each other.
Johnrai7, why don’t you go live in Nippon and India
And learn some truths about them over there?
johnrai7
Its a direct and honest speech from Japan side, the worry for China is its a very isolate nation in its region. The recent acts of China regarding land disputes on its neighbor has made countries around to re-arm and prepare for any confrontation with China.
China's only experience in war-fare is India, at that time India was still following the Gandhi's principle of "Non-violence" then PM Mr. Nehru thought China and India are "brothers" but after the war broke ,India failed to protect itself as it wasn't prepared at all.
Finally war was over due to the condition of war-zone and loses on both sides. However, India learnt from the mistake,today India's defence has been rebuffed and well self-equipped and ever prepared also due to Pakistan,China and terrorist conflicts that is much alive.
If there is a war on China, I see China is not ready to confront strategically or mentally, China must know the enemy is stronger, I hope China prepares well before it shoots its first or second missile.China should stop playing provoking game but prepare itself and know war is never won without the loss of many may lives before it ends...
lamlm38
the unlikely mtg between Abe n Xi would end in few seconds.. Senkakus belong to JP, DY belongs to China.. ok take it outside and settle this!!!!
pslhk
Would any Nip/English or Nip/Chinese speaker
Help translate the following Nip-like response to my comments
Re: Shinzo Abe hopes to meet Chinese leaders in gesture of goodwill
Of 20JAN13
ulm.ulm Jan 21st 2013
7:34am
oh hwosfa dlpkfjsdf mrkszkgksartldwfga you are **** smart
ulm.ulm Jan 21st 2013
7:21am
maybe the military police wants to meet you one two
pslhk Jan 21st 2013
5:24am
Abe has to obey nip's feudal master
The imperial big brother
Obama-san should teach the little one
The art of the 160-degree bow
When Abe gets to meet Xi
pslhk
(1) An agreement / condition underlying China – Japan normalisation in 1972 was to leave the dispute over sovereignty of Diaoyu unresolved until when future generation becomes wise enough to handle it.
(2) To keep the agreement, it was only proper for China to stay officially quiet, leaving the people to express opinions as long as these expressions were within limits.
(3) The Nip violated the agreement by “nationalizing” the islands and have followed up with incessant barefaced official provocations.
(4) China / Japanese normalization has thus collapsed
(5) Now it’s already back to a state of war, waiting for a party to fire the first missile.
(6) The Yank’s false utterance about “Nip control” over the islands misleads Japan to presume itself as the 52ND state of America; But even the US balked from claiming owning the islands.
(7) Control must be effective and legitimate; Chinese patrols have shown Nip’s ineffective control
(8) Can the Yank/Nip cohort spell out the source and the scope of Nip’s alleged mandate to administrate?
(9) If this “legitimacy” is based on military power, then there will be many battles to follow in a very, very long war.
(10) At the end, although Yanks support Nips with weapons and technology, more Nips will die than the Chinese, as the islands become geographical graveyards. Then Nips might get full US citizenship, as they should have at the end of WWII, and fear future internment no more.
yty07
I can see each side holds their own points from historic views to international laws while claiming their sovereignty. It would be good if both can sit down and negotiate peacefully. Sadly the Japanese Government argues there is no dispute on the islands and this makes negotiation possible. This makes China find alternative ways to express their dissatisfaction. That is the key point right away. Even the Americans admit the sovereignty of the island is un-determined, though it is currently administered by Japan. It is America's ambiguous role and Japan's assertive view towards the islands that prompt China worry and arm themselves. And this makes more worries to the other countries, leading to arms race and mistrust in the region.
be.way.5
America's role is NOT ambiguous. America is in Asia not as a peacemaker but more as a troublemaker by any interpretation.
fearonjones
let us hope that the loudmouths on either side will be educated into understanding that a piece of land is not as important as a human life.
maecheung
It's not just a piece of land. It's the natural resources, fisheries, natural gas, etc. that is so important, not to mention our historical sovereignty.
amenka
how do we have journalists like that? 'inflammatory' speech? cant they even try to be objective??

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