Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)

Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)
Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

Monday, December 16, 2013

China vs. Japan: Stopping being “Sucker”/The Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands-XXXV


In November, the super typhoon Haiyan wiped out a number of houses and towns in Philippines. The Beijing regime and the China Red Cross offered $100,000 each on November 11, 2013. As soon as the Chinese government made its announcements, media in the West, in particular from the U.S. and Japan (such as CNN News), have relentlessly attacked China accusing China as the second economy power of being “cheap.” Following the Western media propaganda, the Southeast Asian media have also begun to assault Beijing as well. The Nation, for example, published the article “Is China punishing the Philippines? (November 13, 2013)” and Philippines Daily Inquirer published an article, “Why China Matters (November 16, 2013).”  In the end, China had to offer more money, accumulating over 2.2 million dollars for Manila.
Source: WorldNews.Com (accessed date: 1 December 2013).
 
            The media have not been fair to Beijing at all because they do not understand the historical significance. We do not have to go back very far in the Chinese history, but only to 1949 after the PRC was established. Immediately after founding the PRC, the Middle of Kingdom spent a lot of blood and money for North Korea after Kim IL-Sung invaded South Korea in the 1950s. Beijing spent nearly one-third of the annually budget for the Korean War as the “young” China was barely established. By now, North Korea built nuclear facilities near the Chinese border, which might be dangerous for China if the nuclear power plants go to wrong. In the 1960s, another communist state – Vietnam – had begun to drain Chinese wealth because the United States invaded Vietnam. Once again, the Chinese leaders spend millions dollars and numerous lives for the Vietnam War against the United States. In the end, Vietnam got its independent; however, China had to fight with its “friend” Vietnam in 1979. Japan, another big drain of the Chinese money occurred in the 1970s as both Beijing and Tokyo approached normalization diplomatic ties. Once again, Beijing waived the reparation of war with Japan about 52 trillion yen (in 1970s value) as both countries signed Sino-Japanese communique (Article V) (forthcoming book). By 2010, Japan does not even acknowledge that there is a territorial dispute with China, basically breaking Sino-Japanese “acquiescent agreement” over the Diaoyu Islands, which had held over 40-years peace in the East China Sea. To put 52 trillion yen in perspective, in 2013 the Japanese annual budget planned for the 2013 tax revenue is approximately 48 trillion yen, less than 52 trillion yen.  Meaning, Tokyo cannot pay back the reparation of the war ONCE even in the 21st century.
 
         Not mention that both Albania and former Yugoslavia, even Philippines is taking advantage of China. A couple of years ago, after President Benigno Simeon Conjuangeo Aquino III visited Beijing bringing back millions dollars contracts with him, he has begun to “respond” American “pivot-to-Asia” policy against China in South China Sea. Why should China be “sucker” again?  Leaders in Beijing need to learn how to deal with its “friends” again. Be “smart,” not a “sucker,” by using its “soft power” to help others. In the case of the typhoon in Philippine, China should announce that it will dispatch naval hospital ships to these islets. Thereafter, it should determine how much the government should spend for the disasters. Learning from the past; looking forward to the future.
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