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Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

Friday, August 16, 2013

China vs. Japan: Heavyweight Speaking Out/The Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands-XXXI

Recently, Abe Shinzo has been lucky--the LDP won the Tokyo metropolitan election in June and the upper house election in July. However, he is also unlucky, many heavyweight or influential politicians have begun to speak out regarding the Diaoyu Islands.

On June 3, a nonpartisan group of the Japanese former lawmakers headed by former General Secretary of the LDP Nonaka Hiromu visited Beijing to meet the CCP’s No. 5 official, Liu Yunshan. The meeting was attended by nine politicians including former LDP Secretary-General Koga Makoto, former DPJ Chief Cabinet Secretary Sengoku Yoshito, JCP affairs head Kokuta Keiji, House of Representative member Abe Tomoko of Green Wind, and former Construction Minister Nakamura Kishiro (Jiji Press June 3, 2013). In the meeting, Nonaka explored an important message regarding the Diaoyu Islands. In 1972, regarding the disputed Diaoyu Islands, then Japanese Prime Minister Tanaka Kakuei and then Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai reached an agreement when both countries normalized relations. Tanaka unveiled the agreement at a meeting of the LDP in Hakone soon after Japan and China signed the normalization in September 1972. Both Tanaka and Zhou confirmed that Japan and China should shelve the Diaoyu issue until they found ways to discuss it in the future (Jiji Press, June 4, 2013). After Nonaka returned from China, he was attacked by the right-wing media, politicians from both the ruling parties and opposition parties, naïve soi-distant Sino-Japanese scholars, and irresponsible TV commentators. Nonaka has been called a “traitor.”

Sources: NNN (Access date: July 30, 2013).

On June 27, Hatoyama Yukio, the former prime minister, expressed his understanding that China believed that the Diaoyu Islands were among territories Japan promised to return after World War II. He made the comments during a public event attended by former Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying, who now chairs the NPC Foreign Affairs Committee (Jiji Press June 27, 2013). “I think we should learn from the wisdom of Chinese Primer Zhou Enlai and Japanese Prime Minister Tanaka Kakuei who reached a verbal agreement to put the issue aside and leave it to future generations to decide,” Hatoyama said at the Third Global Think Tank Summit in China (BBC June 29, 2013).

Sources: Yahoo News (Access date: August 1., 2013).

By now, Abe had begun to calculate how much he was willing to compromise with Beijing or how much he will use his hawkish style of doctrine to provoke the Chinese leaders before he could have Sino-Japanese summit meeting.

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