Monday, October 22, 2012
In 1972, Zhou Bin, now 77-years-old, was an interpreter in the meeting between Zhou Enlai and Tanaka Kakuei as both countries was trying to normalize their relationship. He served the official interpreter for the Chinese government in 40 years ago. As the issue of the Diaoyu/Senkaku was broached, according to Zhou Bin, the Chinese Premier Zhou did not “want to talk about it this time… It’s no good to talk about this now (Kyodo News 29 September 2012; Phoenix News 29 September 2012).” “Premier Zhou suggested solving (the territorial dispute) in future intergovernmental peace negotiations, and Prime Minister Tanaka agreed (Kyodo News 29 September 2012).” Ironically, the Tanaka's statement in this meeting has been deleted by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Why?
Source: Japan Times (access date: 21 October 2012).
Sunday, October 7, 2012
In the 1970s, Henry Kissinger was directly involved in the process the normalization of US-China Relations, the reversion of Okinawa Prefecture to Japan, and sovereignty of the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. On October 3, 2012, Dr. Kissinger publicly spoke the issue of the disputed islets at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington. “What I focused on with the Senkakus was the agreement that was made by Deng Xiaoping and the Japanese with respect to administrative control and to leave matters, let’s say, undisturbed. That’s the aspect I focused on. There was no active American involvement that I remember in formulating a conclusion that was reached between Japan and China, and my dearest wish is that China and Japan maintain the monopoly of concern with that issue. It is not one in which the United States should take a position on sovereignty or any other aspect…. (“China’s New Leadership – Opportunity for the United States?” Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, Woodrow Wilson Center, 3 October 2012).” Has the Japanese government gotten the message?
Source: committee100.typepad.com (access date: 6 October 2012).
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
September 29 is 40th anniversary of the normalization of the Sino-Japanese diplomatic ties. However, the Japanese Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko and the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao skipped an exchanged congratulatory message. It has been symbolized the nadir of Sino-Japanese relations since 1972, getting worse. On September 26, 2012, Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko delivered his speech at the UN General Assembly states, “Any attempt to realize a country’s ideology or claim by unilateral use of force or threat is inconsistent with the fundamental spirit of the UN charter and is against the wisdom of humanity, thus absolutely unacceptable (Yomiuri Daily 28 September 2010).” Later, Noda told reporters by saying, “It is very clear and there are no territorial issues as such. Therefore, there cannot be any compromise that could mean any setback from this basic position. I have to make that very clear (Straits Times 28 September 2012).”
Source: Kyodo News (access date: 3 October 2012).
The next day (September 27, 2012), at the UN, the Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi had his speech, “China strongly urges Japan to immediately stop all activities that violate China’s territorial sovereignty, take concrete actions to correct its mistakes, and return to the track of resolving the dispute through negotiation ... Diaoyu Islands and its affiliated islands have been an integral part of China’s territory since ancient times … This is an outright denial of the outcomes of the victory of the world anti-fascist war and poses a grave challenge to the post-war international order and the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations….(Xinhua News 28 September 2012).”
Source: South China Morning Post (access date: 3 October 2012).
In response, Japan’s Deputy UN ambassador Kodama Kazuo stated that “an assertion that Japan took the islands from China cannot logically stand (Xinhua News 29 September 2012).” He called Yang’s reference to the WWII “unconvincing and unproductive.”
Source: Kyodo News (access date: 2 October 2012).
Neither China and Japan appeared interested in backing down, as China’s UN envoy, Li Baodoing, fired back at Kodama. “After so many years, the Japanese government still clings to its old-time colonial mindset, breaches its international obligations time and again, and attempts for continued occupation of the Diaoyu Islands ... This (“purchasing”) action of Japan constitutes a serious encroachment upon China’s sovereignty, and intends to continue and legalize the result of Japan’s colonial policy. It is an open denial of the outcomes of victory of the world anti-fascist war, and a grave challenge to the post-war international order and the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations… (Xinhua News 28 September 2012).
Source: gov.cn (access date: 2 October 2012).
By now, no compromise has been the policy for both countries; the rule of diplomatic game is totally broken down. As the Chinese assistant foreign minister Le Yucheng warned on September 28, the relationship between Japan and China might sink like the “Titanic.” “Maintaining China-Japan friendly ties is not the business of China alone. The key is that Japan should follow the path of peaceful development and prevent right-wing forces from misleading the country, and accept rather than contain China’s development (China Daily 28 September 2012),” Le said.