Islands dispute still ongoing

23 Apr

An aerial photo shows a Chinese marine surveillance ship Haijian No. 66 (C) cruising next to Japan Coast Guard patrol ships in the East China Sea, near known as Senkaku isles in Japan and Diaoyu islands in China, in this photo taken by Kyodo news agency on 23 April 2013

The dispute about the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands is still a burning issue after Japan newly threatened China saying that they would intervene if China attempted to land on the islands.
This was a reaction to China’s navigation around the islands with 8 governmental ships following the commemorating visit of 168 Japanese lawmakers to the Yasukuni Shrine. The Chinese Government wanted to “supervise”, however the action was not appreciated by Japanese PM who announced that he will “deal strongly” with China if they tried to land on the islands that are currently administrated by Japan.

Even if both countries have new leaders (Shinzo Abe in Japan and Xi Jinping in China) and the situation has somehow calmed down, it still proves quite as ships from both countries are surrounding the islands waiting for a reason to intervene. This is only one further worry for Jinping’s Government, as the tensions with North Korea and Tibet, for example, require that the country is always ready to respond to threats from the inside and the outside.


4 Responses to “Islands dispute still ongoing”

  1. aa29g11 April 24, 2013 at 8:05 am #

    Tensions escalated once again between Japan and its neighbors on Tuesday as China strongly protested against “provocation” by Japanese ships in the waters off the Diaoyu Islands, calling the moves “illegal” and “troublemaking”.

    Zhou Yongsheng, an expert on Japanese studies at China Foreign Affairs University, said China should fight back against any challenges from Japanese right-wingers in order to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

    “It’s great to see that China’s SOA has successfully performed its function of safeguarding territorial rights since its restructuring in March,” Zhou said.

    China strongly protested and has lodged solemn representations to Japan regarding Japanese “right-wingers’ illegal entry” into the waters, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at Tuesday’s news conference.

  2. pw9g10 April 24, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    This territory has been disputed for a very long time with both the Chinese and Japanese claiming sovereignty over the group of islands. However, considering that the islands are uninhabited it is hard to believe that tensions could become too severe although oil, fishing and shipping lanes are potential gains (with the addition of a political victory). Furthermore, the incredibly small size of the islands also makes it hard to believe that friction between China and Japan would increase dramatically. Also as ‘ships from both countries are surrounding the islands waiting for a reason to intervene’ it appears that a stalemate has essentially developed. This may also be the case due to that fact that the islands have been disputed for a very long time and neither Japan nor China can comfortably claim sovereignty over the islands to due to the consequent actions of the other party.

    However, Japan does currently control the islands but the claims from both nations make the future of the islands unclear. Despite this, with the apparent stalemate it is likely to be Japan that retains control of the islands with China unlikely to be too aggressive in an approach to take control of the islands.

  3. zk1e11 April 24, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    Diaoyu island is located in in Mainland China or Tiaoyutai Islands in Taiwan,or the Pinnacle Islands, are a group of uninhabited islands controlled by Japan in the East China Sea. They are located roughly due east of Mainland China, northeast of Taiwan, west of Okinawa Island, and north of the southwestern end of the Ryukyu Islands.The island has been disputed between China and Japan for a long time, the history of diaoyu island is that during Ming dynasty, diaoyu island was found by Yang Zan, and in Qing dynasty, the emperor Kangxi attacked Taiwan and occupied there as a province of Mainland China governed by Fujian , and diaoyu island has been the traditional fishing banks of Taiwan all the time. in 1879, Ryukyu kingdom has destroyed by Japanese and re-named as Okinawa Prefecture. And during the meeting of the belonging of Ryukyu between Qing and Japan, but diaoyu island was not discussed on that meeting. In 1885, Japanese had a series of investigation of diaoyu island and found out that there are lots of nature resources, and announced that in terms of international laws, diaoyu island should be the terra nullius, and during the treaty of Shimonoseki, the Japanese has arbitrarily announced that diaoyu island is part of Japan without get the agreement or authority of Qing. In 1900, Japanese re-named diaoyu island to Senkaku islands. In the second world war, Chinese government declared war to against Japan and abolished every unfair treaty. After the victory, UK, USA and SU and China set up that sovereignty of Japan is only include Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku. Japanese gave the right of competency of Okinawa to the US and the US gave the Okinawa back to Japan. In 1978, China and Japan signed peace and friendship treaty and leave this argument to the next generation to deal with. Recently in 11-9-2012, Japanese has bought the island from a nominal owner of diaoyu island, and claimed that diaoyu island belongs to Japan.

    Now there are always some Japanese and Chinese ship appear around diaoyu island and claim the right of territory. After Xi Jinping state, there are an increasing number of ships that go around diaoyu island and even drive the Japanese ships, but both side cannot afford the costs of being the first shooting, and start the war is not beneficial for both side, China now got lots of handover work due to new regime and some other issues such as earthquake and bird-flu, Japanese also has their own difficulty to deal with. So the issue of diaoyu island should now been suspended and deal with in a peace way.

  4. Zoe Skousbo April 27, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    The area which encompassed Eastern China, Japan and the Korean peninsula continues to be a confused region. China’s dispute with Japan over essentially a tiny piece of rock is driving a wedge through Chinese/Japanese relations whilst greater threat from Kim Il Sung’s North Korean nuclear initiative and Tibetan unrest offer further potentially serious problems in need of carefully measured response. The threat of force by both countries is a worryingly hard-line reaction to a dispute that should be settled diplomatically, rather with an escalating array of threats and counter-threats. At present there seems little indication that either side will downgrade their rhetoric from the aggressive into a more tactful or open approach, yet voices of reason are rising from within Japanese and Chinese societies from former Prime Ministers to scholars and a rising awareness amongst the general public. Even so, the aggressive factions who have so far dictated proceedings remain. The right-wing nationalist factions from Japan, a few of which have taken to actively patrolling the disputed island chain, have taken a position that harks back to the Japanese Imperialism that led to the destruction of the country and its empire in 1945. The honouring of a shrine by Japanese officials which honours the war dead and therefore various war crimes was an insensitive act in a time of heightened tensions. The Chinese response from the foreign secretary warned that these shrine visits “merit high alert and vigilance by its Asian neighbors and the international community.” These disputes, emanating from settlements drawn up after World War II, need to be evaluated, otherwise the steady slide into greater tensions and even the scenario of warfare seem to be plausible options to settle their differences.


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