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.