• Thu
  • Oct 23, 2014
  • Updated: 7:42pm

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. 

NewsChina
TERRITORIAL DISPUTE

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.

Share

For unlimited access to:

SCMP.com SCMP Tablet Edition SCMP Mobile Edition 10-year news archive
 
 

 

8

This article is now closed to comments

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
jenniepc
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
richieskerr
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.
 
 
 
 
 

Login

SCMP.com Account

or