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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's new envoy warns US against meddling on Diaoyus

China's new envoy warns Washington not to involve itself in nation's dispute with Japan, as leadership displays its increasing assertiveness

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 01 May, 2013, 8:59pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 02 May, 2013, 8:44am

China's new ambassador to the US has warned Washington not to "drop a stone on its feet" by meddling in a territorial dispute between Beijing and Tokyo.

In his first direct remarks on the territorial dispute since his appointment last month, Cui Tiankai also said China was alert to a "negative trend" of right-wing intentions in Japanese politics, and denounced Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wearing of a camouflage uniform at a weekend exhibition as a political stunt.

Analysts said the tough rhetoric was in line with the new Chinese leadership's increasing assertiveness in diplomatic affairs.

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Monday that the disputed Diaoyu Islands, known as the Senkakus in Japan, were under Japanese administration and fell under a US-Japanese security treaty.

Cui said the United States should bear in mind that it was Japan that was creating tensions and warned that any mis-step by Washington could see it "suffer a big loss for little gain".

"We don't want other countries to pick up the stone made by Japan and drop it on their feet," Cui said. "Other countries should not cause long-term consequences just because of their short-term needs."

Sino-Japanese ties have become troubled since September, when the Japanese government bought three of the five uninhabited islands from private owners.

Last week, Beijing denounced a visit by Japanese lawmakers and officials to Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni shrine, which glorifies Japan's wartime past.

Abe said his ministers "will not yield to any kind of intimidation" on their visits to the shrine. On Saturday, he wore a camouflage jacket and helmet while getting into a Japanese Ground Defence Force tank at a publicity event sponsored by a video-sharing website.

"What kind of show is this?" Cui said. "I believe such actions are contrary to the common wishes and interests of the international community."

He said Japan's invasion of China before the second world war had been an act of aggression and an "inhuman crime".

Lin Xiaoguang , an international relations specialist at the Central Party School, said Cui's remarks indicated Beijing was contemplating action should Japan and the US get closer.

"Cui is sending a warning to the US that Washington may get short-term gains if it contains China with Japan, but eventually it will lose," he said. "China is telling the US that it will not just sit and do nothing."

President Xi Jinping called Japan's purchase of the islands a "farce" in September, when he was vice-president.

China called off an annual financial meeting with Japanese and South Korean officials that was due to be held in New Delhi this week.

Meanwhile, the vice-president of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party, Masahiko Komura, cancelled a trip to China due to difficulties in arranging a meeting with Xi.


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Carioca no Coracao
the ambassador was recalling history when he said US should not pick up a stone to hit one's own feet. in 1900s, Teddy Roosevelt secretly consented to Japan's invasion of Korea and China... Teddy believed Koreans and Chinese were the declining "uncivilized" races, whereas the Japanese were the "civilized", "westernized" "almost like white" race. as such, japan was helping the cause to bring civilization to tame the savages, Koreans and Chinese. to Teddy Roosevelt's delight, Japan succeeded spectacularly in colonizing Korea and part of China....success built on success, Japan wanted more ....40 yrs later, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and the next Roosevelt (FDR) had to send americans boys to die in Asia. this was the history the ambassador referred to...picking up stones to hit one's own feet
Diaoyus island is always a part of Taiwan since 14 Century until 1895 when Japan occupied Taiwan. US seems to underestimate Japan. Japan does not need an American protection. However, Japan does need American and western countries and media that can help to excite Chinese dissidences to rebel against Chinese leaders. Japan usually attack and occupy its neighbors when China is becoming an unorganized state. If history repeats itself again and Japan to become a superpower. Japan will not only attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States inland, but will also want Guam back.
I don’t think that there will be a war as long as US will not involve in-depth conflict and I will not think that will be the Americans best interest. War is not the best solution for any dispute. the war breaks out between Japan and China about the Diaoyutai disputes. America and Japan may not be the winner and China may not be a loser.
Shinzo Abe has denied some of the atrocities and he has continually prayed at the Yasukuni Shrine, which includes convicted Class A war criminals in its honored war dead. Yes, US’s policy will have a short-term gain, but will be catastrophe for US in the long-term. The atrocity committed by Japanese during WWII was much worst and brutal than then Hitler’s Nazi regime in Germany. If you were a Nazi prisoner of war you faced a 4% chance of not surviving the war; (by comparison) the death rate for Allied POWs held by the Japanese was nearly 30%.
Jennie PC Chiang/江佩珍
If one looks at the string of islands which in the main are part of Japan trending south from Japan to Taiwan, each with their own 12 nautical miles of territorial waters. It is not difficult to see that China may feel more than a little surrounded in the critical East China Sea. It strikes me that Chinese ships can even pass through this archipelago without violating another nations "territorial waters" Certainly, China suffered through a cruel invasion by Japan during World War ll, and these memories are not likely to fade for many generations to come. China has dramatically changed in the last decades, and there is no doubt that its power will increase in the future. I don't get the sense that China is an imperial threat, as the Japanese were prior to World War II, but it is inevitable that China will exert more of its "soft power" in the future, after all the United States has not been hesitant to project its own power via terms such as "shock and awe". China and the United States are ideally suited to become partners in the future, in fact we already are virtual partners economically. Both sides will continue to have differences, but both sides must show respect for each other. This issue of the Diaoyu islands must be worked out between China and Japan and the United States might best use its influence as a mediator, not throwing its weight behind one side or the other.
In 1949 Mao Zedong proclaimed the Peoples Republic and said "Chinese people have stood up" but it seems on these islands theyre just backing down. If they really believe these islands belong to them why are they still in the hands of little Japan? The world calls them Senkaku because China is too timid to stand up for it believes is its own. What other country in the world would tolerate foreign occupation of part of its territory? The Communist Party are a joke and keeping China weak.
Where are we going? The Bible says: "And [the king of the north] will go back (to) his land with great wealth [1945. This detail indicated that Hitler will attack also the Soviet Union and will fight to the bitter end]; and his heart (will be) against the holy covenant [hostility towards Christians]; and will act [it means activity in the international arena]; and turned back to his own land [1991-1993. The collapse of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact. Russian troops returned to their country]. At the appointed time [he] will return back." (Daniel 11:28, 29a) The return of Russia in this context means crisis, which will eclipse the Great Depression. Not only the eurozone will break up, but also the European Union and NATO. Then many countries of the former Eastern block will return to Russia's zone of influence. Russian troops will be stationed here again.
Russia, however, will not return everywhere. "And [the king of the north] will enter into the south [Georgia], but it will not be as the former [1921] or as the latter [2008], for the dwellers of coastlands of Kittim [the West] will come against him, and he will be dejected, and will go back." (Daniel 11:29b, 30a)
Moses writes: "But ships from the direction of Kittim [from the West], and troubling Asshur [Russia] and troubling Eber [remaining enemies, including Iran and China]." (Numbers 24:24a)
This will be a nuclear war. (Revelation 6:4; Mathew 24:7, 8)
Carioca no Coracao
Abe's tank outing reminds me of Dukakis..... although in this case, the japanese people love it...
If you want to gather honey, don't kick over the beehive.
Carnegie dixit.
The USA is trying hard NOT to take sides, it's policy has always been that this issue needs to be settled between China and Japan. All the USA said is that the islands are in the hands of, occupied and administered by Japan. That's not taking sides, that's just stating the facts. China knows that the US has a security agreement with Japan. I do believe the USA and China will develop a military relationship of some kind of a limited level, and even though there are obvious political differences, a closer relationship between China and the US will continue to develop because it is in the best interests of both.


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