Wednesday, December 29, 2010
The Third United Front CCP-KMT-III
The first experiment of the Third United Front CCP-KMT is coming at the same time as a the Japanese 100-ton coast guard patrol vessel “Koshiki” sank a Taiwanese 20-ton recreational fishing boat “Lienhe” near the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands of the East China Sea on June 10th (regarding history of this territorial disputes see Sovereign Right and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations). On the day following the incident (also the date of the meeting between Chen Yunlin and Chiang Pin-kun regarding the Taiwan Straits), the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Qin Gang, in mainland China has asked Japan to stop "illegal activities" in the Diaoyu Islands noting China's "serious concern and strong discontent" with the incident. After the Chinese ministry denounced the Japanese activities, Japan returned 13 anglers and two crew members were released the following day. By June 13th, Japan released captain He Huang-ye. As a result of Japan's actions, Taiwan recalled its de facto ambassador to Japan, Koh Se-kai, and terminated the Committee on Japanese Affairs under Taiwanese ministry, which was set up in 2005 by the Chen Shui-bian regime. Responding to the actions of Taiwan and China, Japan started to take action to address the issue. First, Japan referred a case regarding the collision to prosecutors and as a result the captain of the Japanese coastguard ship Koshiki had been charged with negligence and injury of others. But, the arrogant bullying Japanese continue to enrage Chinese on both sides of Taiwan Straits. The office from president Ma Ying-jeou, once a Diaoyu Islands' warrior, express "dissatisfaction" with the Japanese handling of the case. Some Taiwanese lawakers express their anger "even at teh expense of a war."