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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 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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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 ?
Its the Japanese who unilaterally snatch the islands from China and change the status quo by illegally purchasing the islands.
I Gandhi
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!
So Japan is trying to improve relations with Russia to get back the Kurils / Northern Territories but kisses America's **** by applying sanctions on Russia, then this official thinks he's hit two birds with one stone. Let Japan keep digging its own hole.
The Japanese government and Japanese officials are a bunch of liars and fornicators who have been lying to the Japanese people and robbing them with impunity. These lowlifes officials are very well schooled in the false Shinto religion and fascism. This is how these fascists rascals and lowlifes conduct themselves abroad as well. The bunch of lowlifes with barbaric ancestors can never behave in any civilised manner. Possession of stolen property doesn't give a thief ownership rights.
What Nishimura said does not make any logical sense.
First, by referring the islands as Diaoyu instead of Senkaku islands, he already implicitly implied the islands's origin is Chinese and belonged to China before US gave the administrative rights to Japan.
Second, according to US, sovereignty of the islands has not been determined yet, so how can China "snatch" the islands from Japan?
Third, China did not give the administrative rights to Japan, US did.
Now the question is: who gave US the authority to determine the administrative rights to the islands except US is the "800 pound gorilla"?
Fourth, Crimea was once part of Russia and Krushev gave Crimea to Ukraine back in 1954. The majority of Crimeans are Russians and the annexation was through a referendum.
If Nishimura is drumming up business in Hongkong, he should stick with business instead of getting involved with politics.
The writer need to read a little bit of history since the defeat of Japan and Diaoyu Island is to be returned to China. If the writer cannot even get the record straight should not write this article unless of course the writer is an American who got thing mixed up to hand deliver Diaoyu Island to Japan as a free gift in return help to contain China.
If a thief steals something and 'keeps' it for a long time, say over 50 years, he still doesn't own it, it is still stolen regardless of how long it is stolen......
I Gandhi
Japanese officials given their low culture and uncivilised behaviour are Japan's own worst enemies.
A very poor comparison and it just continues to show how ignorant the Japanese people are to this day..........It would seem that Japanese politicians would just about say anything to put China down and to elevate themselves to a higher platform............Well, it's not going to work this time around cause China is on it's way to become a global superpower whether the Japanese likes it or not so get use to it Carrotheads............



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