Chinese warships 43 nautical miles away from Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands

Destroyer Shijiazhuang

Singtao Daily reports: “Japan’s Defence Ministry said that at 7.30am yesterday seven Chinese warships including the Shijiazhuang and the Harbin crossed the waters between Okinawa Island and MiyakoIsland 200 kilometres to the south of the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands towards the East China Sea yesterday. At 3.00pm yesterday they even went to the area 80 kilometres (43 nautical mile) to the southwest of the Diaoyu/Senkaku Island.”

It did not violate international law in sailing in the area close to the Japanese islands, but it was the first time Chinese warships were spotted in the area. The Japanese side regarded the incident as abnormal and sent reconnoitre aircraft and vessels to closely monitor the situation.

Japan took up the matter with China and demanded that China should not allow its warships to sail in the direction of the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands in order to prevent the emergence of a serious situation.

China’s Ministry of National Defence responded yesterday by saying that Chinese warships had been on a routine training exercise and were passing through the area in an appropriate and lawful manner. The Ministry criticised Japan for violating Chinese territorial rights by deploying military aircraft to the sea areas near the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands, and said that this seriously violated China’s territorial rights. Chinese military is paying close attention to the moves.

Japan’s defence ministry spokesman said the Chinese vessels had “passed through a wider space between Okinawa Island and Miyako Island on their way out” on October 4. “They passed through the narrow strait on the way back, and this is the first time we have confirmed that they passed through the gap,” he said.

On the other hand, China’s official mouthpiece People’s Daily published a commentary yesterday denouncing Japan for its scoundrel act on the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands issue.

It points out: Japan claims that the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands were not within the scope of the ceding of territories under the Treaty of Shimonoseki; therefore the islands were not ceded to Japan along with Taiwan’s affiliated islands under Article 2 of the Treaty. Japan believes that it can thus shake its responsibility to return the Chinese territories it stole from China. However, that is an act of spreading salt on a wound and an extremely ugly and stupid scoundrel act.

The commentary stresses that as justice prevails in the world, Japan alleges in vain that the Diaoyus (Senkakus) are not within the scope of the Treaty of Shimonoseki. Japan cannot deny that the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands are the Chinese territories that Japan used the 1894 War between China and Japan to steal from China, and must therefore be returned to China.

The commentary gives the impression that since the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands were stolen by Japan by force, it will be seized back by force. Therefore, the danger of a war between China and Japan remains.

Still, it is good that China will not seize back by force the territories it lost through the unequal treaties it has refused to recognize since the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Otherwise, there will be endless disputes and wars between China and its neighbours.

For China now, the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands seem to be an exception since China does not regard it as the land It lost through treaties but as something stolen by force.

I wonder whether Japan is ignorant of quite a few Chinese people’s enmity against Japan due to Japan’s invasions of China in the past. Is it really unaware of the talks among Chinese people about a naval war against Japan in 2014 for revenge to mark the 120th anniversary of China’s defeat in the Sino-Japanese naval war in 1894?

Why should Japan provide China with the ground to seize back the islands by force? Does Japan forget that it is the only country whose invasion the Chinese people have suffered bitterly from and that for more than a century, the surge of nationalism in China has mainly been against Japan?



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6 replies

  1. Reblogged this on OyiaBrown.

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  2. According to international customary law, Japan has a stronger claim than China. I mentioned this in a blog post. But this doesn’t mean that Japan’s clam is solid. Also a factor that drives the posturing is the fact that China is in the midst of a leadership transition and Japan is up for another election next year. So, they have to be firm in order to appeal to those at home who feel vey strongly towards the issue. Thus, neither country can back down.

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