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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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China's behaviour over Diaoyus similar to Russian annexation of Crimea, says senior Japanese official

Senior Japanese official says Beijing action over Diaoyus is similar to the annexation of Crimea

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 March, 2014, 4:01am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 March, 2014, 3:48pm

China's attempts to snatch the Diaoyu Islands away from Japan are similar to Russia's behaviour in seizing Crimea, a senior Japanese government official told the South China Morning Post.

"It does look like China, on the back of its power, unilaterally tried to change the status quo. That's our interpretation," said Yasutoshi Nishimura, the senior cabinet office vice-minister.

"That is almost tantamount to what is currently going on in Crimea, with Russia amalgamating with Crimea."

A bitter diplomatic stand-off has brewed between Beijing and Tokyo over the sovereignty of the East China Sea islands, known as the Senkaku Islands in Japan, since late 2012 when the Japanese government bought them from their private owner.

The tensions have stoked international concern over the chance of an accidental confrontation between the two countries - the world's second-largest and third-largest economies after the US - as Japanese and Chinese fighter jets and patrol ships shadow each other around the disputed territory.

Nishimura is responsible for helping to craft economic policy as part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to kick-start the economy through a three-pronged reform strategy known as Abenomics.

Speaking through an interpreter, Nishimura reiterated his government's position that the disputed islands were an integral part of Japan.

He said the two countries should go "back to basics" and establish a "mutually beneficial strategic relationship".

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told the Post in an interview earlier this month that he hoped a "candid exchange of views" would lead to high-level talks to resolve their differences.

Nishimura was in Hong Kong to attend the Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference and promote Japan to foreign investors possibly wary of a country with a two-decade-long record of deflation and anaemic growth.

Yesterday, he gave a presentation in English to investors and analysts where he outlined reforms in agriculture, immigration, management of the state pension fund and healthcare.

Attempts by previous governments to reform these sectors ended in failure after hostile reactions from powerful industry and bureaucratic lobbies.

He also detailed government plans to subsidise kindergartens to help women build careers and to allow foreign trainees to enter selected industries.

"It is really now or never. We have to carry out sweeping reforms. There may be a lot of resistance," Nishimura said.

Watch: What is the East China Sea dispute about?

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Formerly ******
This all will be solved as soon as China and Japan figure out how to hold a referendum on an unoccupied island.
這一切都將盡快為中國和日本弄清楚如何保持在一個無人居住的小島公投解決。
Formerly ******
Hey, is it the 1930's? Reading these comments sure makes it seem so. So, when starts the Sino-Shinto war of the 21st century?
嘿,這是1930年的?看完這些評論,請務必使它看起來如此。所以,當開始在21世紀的中美神道戰爭?
Prosateliw
hello
shayliu
Not all Japanese people e.g. Yukio Hatoyama, share the same view as Abe.. See part of the interview below:
Former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, in an interview aired Tuesday, indicated that from Beijing’s point of view, the Japan-held Senkaku Islands are Chinese territory based on the 1943 Cairo Declaration issued by the Allies.
In the interview conducted Monday in Tokyo with Hong Kong’s Phoenix Television, Hatoyama said it was unavoidable that China would state that Japan stole the uninhabited islets in the East China Sea. The program was aired in and outside of China on Tuesday morning.
I Gandhi
Japanese officials given their low culture and uncivilised behaviour are Japan's own worst enemies.
justice_first
Mr Nishimura might have forgotten to take into account of the results of WW2. It was that war that Japan lost all its conquered terriotories with its sovereignty actually limited to the four main islands. Japan accepted that fact. I think the key question is whether the islands, called Diaoyu, were part of Taiwan (China) ? Japan never set foot on them before 1884, because it claimed discovery of the islands in 1884. So before 1884, China had more than 500 years, since discovery, naming and using, to claim them before Japan did in 1895. This is the key historic facts that Nishimura should also consider. Japan largely ignore the historic part of these islands and use mainly "modern international law" to justify its annexation. But, after WW2, Japan lost them by its own agreement. They should have been returned to China by the US, as trustee.
Japan had no longer any legal title to the islands after the war, isn't it ?
lucifer
I think Xi Jinping must atone for the treacherous acts committed on the people of Asia by the murderous leaders of the Yuan Dynasty........ and then if thee is time, he can apologize to the Cambodian people for assisting the Khmer Rouge in murdering 1/3 of the country.
I Gandhi
Lucifer
Pazuzu's partner shitting and **** from his mouth high on the opium of hatred. BTW, the Yuan Dynasty is Mongol. If you have a problem with Genghis Khan you should go to Mongolia to make your complains. The Mongol will probably treat you very nicely since unlike you, they are very civilised. In any case who don't you return to the place of devils at the Yasukuni War Shrine. The Hirohitos and Tojos are such good company. Make sure you bring Shinzo Abe and the rest of the LDP warmongers with you and Asia will be a lot more peaceful!
rolftsui
This is an open forum to discuss and everyone is entitled to an opinion. You should not be so one sided and offensive. From reading your post, it is you who is pugnacious and hateful.
In a mature democracy, you have to also learn to tolerate even people with the most distasteful views. In return, you're entitled to challenge and be listened to.
Think about it.
Masako Owada
rolftsui
All the **** about freedom of expression by Michelle Obama and here you are attacking the right of expression of somebody who's speech or opinion you find offensive. Japanese politicians make plenty of hateful speech regarding the "comfort-women" or sex-slaves, Rape of Nanking etc. If one have to take sides surely nobody should side with devil worshippers and war-mongers like Shinzo Abe and his fascist cohort. Or is democracy and freedom of speech only for the likes of John McCain? The Libyan people loves the American ambassador so much that some of them have to send him to meet his maker. It is exactly the western "mature" democracy of double standards and double talk that most of the world finds pugnacious and offensive.

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