Okinawa doesn't belong to Japan, says hawkish PLA general

"The Ryukyus do not belong to Japan," said Major General Luo Yuan. Photo: Simon Song

A hawkish Chinese general has possibly opened a Pandora's box on territorial disputes in East Asia by saying that the Ryukyu Islands including Okinawa do not belong to Japan.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Diaoyu activists all at sea after go-ahead

Activists planning to sail to the disputed Diaoyu Islands were finally given the go-ahead to launch their voyage yesterday after several days of delays and red tape forced them to postpone their journey.

But following a meeting by the Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands last night, organisers would not reveal when, or even if, the trip would be made.

22 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Diaoyu protesters' bid blocked

Mainland activists prevented from coming to Hong Kong

Three mainland activists have been prevented from coming to Hong Kong to join a protest voyage to the disputed Diaoyu Islands later this month.

Two activists who tried to enter Hong Kong yesterday were stopped at the Lowu checkpoint despite having visas.

8 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

In the story 'Diaoyu activist blames police for beating in Zhejiang' on Page A9 of yesterday's paper, the city where the beating took place should be Taizhou , not .

5 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Futile gesture

Now that the latest Diaoyu Islands venture by Hong Kong activists has ended predictably with the boat rammed on both sides and protesters being forced to abandon ship, it must be hoped that crew members will be prepared to consider finally agreeing to abandon what has become an annual fiasco.

25 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Diaoyu group refuses to pay $140,000 boat bill

Diaoyu activists who had to abort a recent protest voyage said yesterday they would offer only a dinghy in repayment for the $140,000 demanded by the protest boat owner for damage to the vessel.

13 Oct 1997 - 12:00am


September 22, 1996: The Kien Hwa No 2, a Belize-registered tanker, carried 16 activists from the Alliance of Worldwide Chinese for the Protection of Diaoyu Islands and 42 journalists to the Diaoyu Islands. The venture was aborted when David Chan Yuk-cheung drowned on September 26.

18 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Objectivity all at sea

When Diaoyu activists first set off on their self-appointed mission to reclaim the islands for China last September, they were sailing, metaphorically, into unchartered waters. The tragic consequences of that adventure do not need to be retold.

20 May 1997 - 12:00am

Diaoyu activists scale down protests

A mock campaign to dismantle a lighthouse will be held on the Ninepin Islands on Friday in an attempt to raise $4 million.

Activists wanted to pull down the lighthouse erected by Japanese extremists on the disputed Diaoyu Islands but can find no shipping company in Hong Kong or Taiwan willing to hire them a vessel.

22 Mar 1997 - 12:00am