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).