Saturday, September 29, 2012
Unilateral Decisions by Japan-II/The Diaoyu/Senkaku-XVIII
On September 27, 2012, the Chinese No. 4 position among 9 Standing Committee members of the CCP (or core leadership in Beijing) made latest warning to Japan. Jia Qinglin, Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the Chinese top political advisory body, stated that the Japanese “nationalization” of the Diaoyu Islands had put bilateral ties into “an unprecedented and severe situation (CCTV News September 27 2012)” when he met the Japanese delegation whose members include Kono Yohei (former Lower House Speaker), Eda Satsuki (Former Upper House President), Kato Koichi (former Chief Cabinet Secretary), and Komura Masahiko (former Foreign Minister). By now, however, most Japanese media and politicians assume that Beijing will change its position of the Diaoyu Islands after the 18th CCP meeting in November. This might be another miscalculation (or misjudgment) by Japan.
Source: Kyodo News (access date: 30 September 2012).
In separate talks with Tang Jiaxuan (former State Councilor), according to Kato, Tang was “very made” at Japanese move, which came only two days after Chinese President Hu Jintao told Prime Minister Noda Yoshikoko in APEC meeting (in Vladivostok, Russia) on September 9, 2012 that China firmly opposed Japan’s nationalization plan. “President Hu met Prime Minister Noda on the sidelines of a regional summit in Vladivostok at Japan’s request, but Japan decided to nationalize the islands the next day. How could you do such a thing (Japan Times 30 September 2012)?” Basically, Noda slapped Hu’s face international and domestically. This was one of the biggest mistakes (or/and miscalculation or/and misjudgment) by Japan.
Source: China Times (access date: 30 September 2012)