China’s recent rejection of Japan’s protests over an article questioning Japan’s sovereignty Okinawa shows that the tension between the two historic rivals will not be diffused anytime soon.
While one side claim an overreaction, the other protests:
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters at a daily news briefing that “China cannot accept Japan’s so-called negotiations or protests”, saying China’s stance on the issue has not changed.
“Academics have long paid attention to the history of Liuqiu and Okinawa,” said Hua, addingthat the issue is drawing a lot of attention recently because Japan has constantly made provocative actions over the Diaoyu Islands and infringed on China’s sovereignty.
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters at a news conference on Thursday that Tokyo has made an official protest against a People’s Daily report onWednesday, the Kyodo News Agency reported.
“We have protested both in Tokyo and Beijing over the commentary issued by the People’sDaily, followed by a Chinese Foreign Ministry comment,” a Japanese Foreign Ministry official incharge of Chinese affairs told AFP.
“We told them that if the Chinese government shares the position of casting doubt aboutJapan’s ownership of Okinawa, we would never accept it and firmly protest it,” he was quoted byAFP as saying.
Co-operation would be best outcome, but at present nationalism continues to derail any sign of an mutual agreement.