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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. 


Japanese envoy Yamaguchi offers to shelve dispute over Diaoyus

Japanese representative arrives in Beijing on mission to 'normalise ties' and plans to hand letter from premier Shinzo Abe to Xi Jinping

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 January, 2013, 9:50am

A special envoy of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Beijing yesterday, holding out an olive branch in an effort to ease tensions triggered by a territorial dispute in the East China Sea.

Natsuo Yamaguchi, head of the Japanese coalition partner New Komeito, proposed shelving the dispute over the Diaoyu Islands, known as the Senkakus in Japan. He plans to hand a letter from Abe to president-in-waiting Xi Jinping.

"I will make my trip the first step for opening the doors to normalise our bilateral ties," Yamaguchi said on Monday before leaving Japan, Kyodo News reported.

"Leaving the solution of the dispute to future generations is a way to avoid contingencies for the time being. Japan and China have conflicting positions. There is no solution to the matter by meeting force with force based on such claims."

During his four-day stay in Beijing, Yamaguchi will meet former state councillor Tang Jiaxuan , now chairman of the China-Japan Friendship Association, and the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei declined to say who Yamaguchi would meet, but added that dialogue was useful.

"This facilitates both sides to step up communications, settle disputes and promote healthy bilateral ties," Hong said.

State-run China Central Television made Yamaguchi's arrival the lead item in its noon newscast, suggesting the importance Beijing is attaching to the visit.

But the report also said Abe had adopted a hardline approach towards Beijing and his letter may be an attempt to test China's bottom line over the islands.

Shigeru Ishiba, secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party, the main party in Japan's coalition government, said there was no question of shelving the dispute.

"Even though late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping had suggested shelving the disputes, the Japanese government has never agreed," Kyodo News quoted Ishiba as saying.

Beijing and Tokyo have been locked in a row over the islands since September, with both sides sending military planes into nearby airspace, sparking fears of armed confrontation. A Chinese patrol vessel was seen near the island on Monday and yesterday, the Japan coastguard said.

Ruan Zongze , vice-president of the China Institute of International Studies, said Beijing aimed to resolve the dispute through peaceful means, but what Japan had done amounted to "more than a territorial dispute with China".

He said: "Today, it will jeopardise China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Tomorrow, it will do the same to yours if left unchecked."


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As long as the world is under different jurisdictions
and not a single jurisdiction,
national integrity precludes sovereign states
from surrendering sovereign decision
to external arbitration.
Would the US and Canada allow UN to arbitrate their disputes over
North Rock,
Machias Seal Island,
the Portland Canal, etc.?
Consider Malvinas / Falkland.
(1) Opinions vary
[A] EU: “Malvinas dispute a bilateral issue which is not included in the EU agenda”.
[B] The Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly endorsed Argentine positions.
[C] US: “We recognize de facto United Kingdom administration of the islands but take no position regarding sovereignty”.
(2) Law over sovereignty is a delusion. How to find arbiters that all parties can trust as reasonable and objective?
(3) Politics and power, and not a country’s legal position, determine its decision.
Example: C Weinberger represented the US to receive a GBE for technical supports rendered Britain during the war.
(4) Philippines pleads UN’s attention because it is weak and has nothing to lose.
HK's wigged jesters, spare us from your ridiculous delusion about "legal tradition";
dump the yellowish scalps then you can start to think clearly.
Show me where in my comments you see racism
which I think only reflects you, the seer
and not what you allege objectively existent
If I find your assertion convincing
I will thank you and may surrender myself to the anti-raicism commission
Facts and reasons are not what one likes or dislikes
Show us your facts and reasons.
As BO preached in his latest inaugural sermon:
“mistake absolutism for principle,
or substitute spectacle for politics,
or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.”
After unilaterally pulling off the nationalizing farce and breaking the truce, Japan again wants to leave it to the future generation that is smart enough to handle it........ hopefully the current generation of Chinese isn't stupid enough to buy Japan's BS again. Patrolling of the DY island by land & sea should be normalize from now on, and if Japan dares attack them, China should simply return the favor
air & sea
Keep writing, pslhk. Your blatant racism does wonders for your argument.
After the "nationalisation" farce,
Nips are now begging to re-normalise on the Zhou Enlai basis
For re-normalization
(1) Nips must "de-nationalise" Diaoyu
(2) Nips must undertake effective "administration" of prohibiting nip public from the islands
(3) Nips must agree not to interfere with China's patrol of the islands
Nip's feudal master and Big Bro Yank will decide for the servile follower.
1,2, 3 correct but I think China could do what the Philippines are trying to do to China and take Japan to court.


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