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Four-party academic forum on Diaoyutais opens in Taichung [Focus Taiwan]

Running since 2009 and jointly organised by the National Chung Hsing University and Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this is one of Taiwan’s approaches to the East China Sea dispute – academic dialogue.

Interesting how the article postures a disagreement on semantics.

Liu Jiangyong, a professor from Tsinghua University in Beijing, got things off to an unproductive start when he noted that China calls the archipelago the Diaoyu islands and said that while the Republic of China calls them the Diaoyutais, the ROC is “not a country.”

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Four-party academic forum on Diaoyutais opens in Taichung
Source – Focus Taiwan, Central News Agency, published October 19, 2012

Source – Focus Taiwan, 2012

A symposium on the disputed Diaoyutai (Diaoyu or Senkaku) islands in the East China Sea was held Friday in Taichung in central Taiwan.

The symposium was co-sponsored by Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Chung Hsing University, and brought together officials and scholars from Taiwan, China, Japan and the United States.

Philip Yang, deputy secretary-general of the National Security Council, who hosted the first meeting of the symposium, said sovereignty claims over the uninhabited island group can be explored through dialogue and law. Read the rest of this entry »

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China Auto Buyers Shun Japanese Cars in Islands Tiff [Bloomberg Businessweek]

Businessweek: Sino-Japanese socio-economic faceoff manifests in auto industry over the Diaoyu/Senkaku spark + How not all foreign carmakers are yet to leverage on this gap.

Found in the comments section…

The onus is on Japan. Ishihara and Noda arbitrarily and insanely created this crisis by spitting on the 40 year old tacit agreement between china and japan that the island issue should be shelved so that other ties could develop. Japan is not only in the wrong here, but is the weaker party as it certainly needs China more than the reverse. Sure both countries will suffer, but Japan is certainly more vulnerable.

What we are seeing is genuine anger by chinese at all levels against a Japan that has never fully come to terms with their war crimes. Their leaders issue token verbal apologies one day and visit war shrines to convicted war criminals next. The CCP could not have foresaw or planned for the provocative action by Ishihara and Noda. Besides, they have enough problems to deal with at home than to have this issue as another headache. Japan needs to step up if it really wants better ties with China and a more peaceful and prosperous Asia in general. Online comment by Charles Custer

Related – China’s central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan (profile on Forbes here, with an interesting writeup by the Plaid Avenger here) was due to deliver a closing keynote lecture but has now withdrawn, escalating tensions. See – Chinese bank governor withdraws from IMF summit in Japan amid islands row (Guardian, October 10, 2012)

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China Auto Buyers Shun Japanese Cars in Islands Tiff
By Bruce Einhorn
Source – Bloomberg Businessweek, published October 10, 2012

Anti-Japan demonstrators overturn a Japanese-made car in Suzhou in Jiangsu Province, China. Sales of Toyota and Honda vehicles nosedived in China during September as anti-Japanese sentiment flared over a territorial dispute. Photo – Businessweek, 2012

Toyota’s China sales plunged 49 percent last month, compared to September 2011. Honda was off 41 percent and Nissan was down 35 percent.

If the territorial dispute doesn’t subside soon, anti-Japanese sentiment in the world’s biggest auto market threatens to mar prospects for companies such as Nissan that have major hopes for the Chinese market. In May, Nissan’s chief executive officer, Carlos Ghosn, was in Hong Kong to open the global headquarters for the company’s luxury brand, Infiniti. The idea was to base the brand in Hong Kong, rather than back in Japan, in order to be closer to the vital Chinese market.

Automakers aren’t the only ones suffering from the impact of the islands dispute. Japanese airlines are hurting as fewer Chinese tourists travel to Japan, and China’s central bank governor, Zhou Xiaochuan, is staying away from IMF and World Bank meetings in Tokyo, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry »

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China anger as Japan buys island & signs US missile defence deal [Russia Today]

Perspective of Sino-Japanese tension from China’s northern neighbours with a view from Japan-based James Corbett, editor of the Corbett Report website as US missile defence deal is signed – in name to watch over North Korea…

Latest update
China’s ‘unleashing’ of its fishing boats toward the area by lifting a moratorium. Diaoyu Islands fish are Chinese (Global Times, September 27, 2012)

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China anger as Japan buys island & signs US missile defence deal
Source – Russia Times on Youtube, published September 17, 2012

Anti-Japanese protests have swept China, as the volatile dispute over who owns a series of islands escalates. The fallout over the archipelago dispute has been widening between Tokyo and Beijing since Japan decided to bypass China and buy the territories from private investors. This comes as Washington and Tokyo agreed to put a second anti-missile defence radar in Japan, claiming it’ll be focused on deterring North Korean aggression. But James Corbett, editor of the Corbett Report website who lives in Japan thinks the system will be deployed for all the wrong reasons.

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The Inconvenient Truth Behind the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands [New York Times]

From the New York Times: putting the knee jerk to rest?

The right to know is the bedrock of every democracy. The Japanese public deserves to know the other side of the story. It is the politicians who flame public sentiments under the name of national interests who pose the greatest risk, not the islands themselves. Han-yi Shaw

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The Inconvenient Truth Behind the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands
Comment by Nicholas Kristof
Article By Han-yi Shaw
Source – New York Times, published September 19, 2012

Source – Han-yi Shaw 2012
Diaoyu Island is recorded under Kavalan, Taiwan in Revised Gazetteer of Fujian Province (1871).

I’ve had a longstanding interest in the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands, the subject of a dangerous territorial dispute  between Japan and China. The United States claims to be neutral but in effect is siding with Japan, and we could be drawn in if a war ever arose. Let me clear that I deplore the violence in the recent anti-Japan protests in China:  the violence is reprehensible and makes China look like an irrational bully. China’s government should reign in this volatile nationalism rather than feed it. This is a dispute that both sides should refer to the International Court of Justice, rather than allow to boil over in the streets. That said, when I look at the underlying question of who has the best claim, I’m sympathetic to China’s position. I don’t think it is 100 percent clear, partly because China seemed to acquiesce to Japanese sovereignty between 1945 and 1970, but on balance I find the evidence for Chinese sovereignty quite compelling. The most interesting evidence is emerging from old Japanese government documents and suggests that Japan in effect stole the islands from China in 1895 as booty of war. This article by Han-Yi Shaw, a scholar from Taiwan, explores those documents. I invite any Japanese scholars to make the contrary legal case. Nicholas Kristof Read the rest of this entry »

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Analysis: China’s aircraft carrier: in name only [Reuters]

Reuters: Not-yet combat ready aircraft carrier stirs reality check for Chinese military power projection in the East China Sea? Outspoken retired Major General Luo Yuan reconfigures hardline tact by suggesting the naming of China’s new aircraft carrier Diaoyu to demonstrate symbolic sovereignty after the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands in the East China Sea.

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Analysis: China’s aircraft carrier: in name only
By David Lague
Source – Reuters, published August 28, 2012

(Reuters) – When Japanese activists scrambled ashore on a disputed island chain in the East China Sea this month, one of China’s most hawkish military commentators proposed an uncharacteristically mild response.

Retired Major General Luo Yuan suggested naming China’s new aircraft carrier Diaoyu, after the Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea. It would demonstrate China’s sovereignty over the islands known as the Senkakus in Japanese, he said.

For a notable hardliner, it was one of the least bellicose reactions he has advocated throughout a series of territorial rows that have soured China’s ties with its neighbors in recent months. Read the rest of this entry »

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Diaoyu slowly drifting into crosshairs [Global Times]

East China Sea flashpoint: does this Global Times editorial shape or reflect Sino-Japanese tension? The otherisation of  Japan in the us and them narrative has painful etchings in the Chinese mind. Throw into the fray of further US intervention to amplify proxy war intent and the net effect may just be result in a unified Greater China.

For more, check out the Economist – Barren rocks, barren nationalism: Both countries should turn to pragmatism, not stridency, in dealing with island spats (August 25, 2012)

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Diaoyu slowly drifting into crosshairs
Editorial
Source – Global Times, published August 27, 2012

The PLA Nanjing Military Region has been conducting a navy-air force joint exercise in the East China Sea. The drill comes against the backdrop of military exercises between the US and Japan in defending the Diaoyu Islands. Meanwhile, the Japanese government has stressed that Washington will cover Diaoyu as part of the US-Japan Security Treaty. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has repeatedly stated the possibility of deploying Self-Defense Forces in the Diaoyu conflict.

The drill of Nanjing Military Region, whether it is a routine exercise or is considering Diaoyu, has come at the right time.

Japan’s increasingly radical approach over the island disputes is pushing the Diaoyu issue toward a military confrontation. The Japanese government is dangerously fanning the flames in East Asia. Read the rest of this entry »

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China Protests Erupt As Japanese Group Lands On Disputed Island [Bloomberg]

East China Sea flashpoint escalates after Japanese group lands on Senkaku/Diaoyu islands just after Chinese activists landed on August 15 to symbolically mark the date Japan surrendered to Allied forces during the second word war.

It is not often Hong Kongers and Chinese are on the same page. But when it comes to a collective sense of injustice over disputed territories they seem to share a combined voice. Perhaps that is the greatest threat to world harmony – stirring the 1.4 billion Chinese to temporarily forget self-serving narratives to regroup into a collective front.

My dad thinks another way to look at this as a problem is how the CCP manages the frustrated citizens (even a frustrated PLA) who might just seize the opportunity to vent under the pretensions of 爱国 (loving the country) without considering the wider picture of economic and strategic interdependence.

Go here for an international Chinese state media perspective (Anger erupts at Japanese landing, China Daily USA edition)

Also – to get a sense of what Chinese opinion leaders are thinking, Global Times offers an important op-ed with perspectives including those of military leaders – Diaoyu impasse calls for new ideas (August 20, 2012)

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China Protests Erupt As Japanese Group Lands On Disputed Island
By Ma Jie and Frederik Balfour
Source – Bloomberg, published Aug 20, 2012

People hold placards and shout slogans as they attend a rally to protest against Japan’s claim of islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, in Hangzhou, east China’s Zhejiang province on August 19, 2012. Photograph – STR/AFP/GettyImages

Protests erupted in China and Hong Kong over the weekend as Japanese activists landed on an island in the East China Sea claimed by both countries, intensifying a dispute between Asia’s two biggest economies.

Demonstrations yesterday in more than 10 Chinese cities featured calls for a boycott of Japanese goods, the state-run China Youth Daily said today. Japan asked the Chinese government to protect its citizens living in China, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said.

“Japanese moving around China should be aware of their surroundings and demonstrations in their area,” Fujimura told reporters in TokyoChina Daily said the protests of varying size in cities including Beijing, Qingdao, Guangzhou and Shenzhen were mostly peaceful and the newspaper urged people to be “rational” and not violent. Read the rest of this entry »

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