DIAOYU/SENKAKU Dispute (September 11, 2012): Yahoo!

The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “China sends patrol ships to islands held by Japan”   (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/china-sends-patrol-ships-islands-held-japan-051725925.html). Or more accurately, CLAIMED “by” Japan, China and TAIWANa country that as we know, DOES NOT ALWAYS have a cordial relationship with mainland China.

“A territorial flare-up between China and Japan intensified as two Beijing-sent patrol ships arrived near (a group of) disputed East China Sea islands in a show of ANGER over Tokyo’s purchase of the LARGELY BARREN outcroppings from their private owners”. For the grace of God, why would people fight over a “largely barren” area? This is also the latest “flare up”.

“Japan’s central government announced its own deal this week with the Japanese family it recognizes as the owner. Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told reporters the government budgeted 2.05 billion yen ($26 million) for the purchase “to maintain the Senkakus PEACEFULLY and STABLY“. Well, “Senkaku” is PROVOCATIVE by itself. The Chinese equivalent, of course is DIAOYUThis means that relations between China and Japan are already UN/NOT “stable”.

“Public broadcaster NHK said the government and the family signed a deal Tuesday (September 11, 2012)”.

“Beijing responded to the move with FURYas EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).

Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng released the following statement: “The determination and the will of the Chinese government and MILITARY to safeguard their territorial integrity are firm. We are closely monitoring the development of the situation and reserve the right to TAKE NECESSARY MEASURES“. “military” is a pretty good indication that the “force and pain technique” will come into play/be used here (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).

“Japan does not plan to develop the islands, in contrast with the proposal made by Tokyo Gov.Shintaro Ishihara”.

According to Sheila Smith, “a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington”, “Ishihara put the national government in a very difficult spot. He PUSHED them into doing this now“. “But she said this was a “GOOD (?) outcome” that should be seen as an attempt by Tokyo to sideline Ishihara”“good?” Againthis is open to INTERPRETATIONS (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).

“Japan CANNOT afford to let the dispute hinder its VITAL ties with China, its TOP trading partner…” Statements like this will only INCREASE China’s “Arrogance” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).

“Smith said Tokyo needs to be able to work through “different problems with Beijing in order to make sure the economic INTERdependence between those two countries continues to serve BOTH nations’ needs“. This requires EMPATHY (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h7cmuRLwME&feature=relmfu), something that very few, IF ANY POLITICIANS do well (or at all).

According to Kurt Campbell, “the top U.S. diplomat for East Asia”, speaking in Washington, “IN THE CURRENT ENVIRONMENT (?), we want COOLER HEADS to prevail.  This (the Asia-Pacific) is the cockpit of the global economy and THE STAKES COULD NOT BE BIGGER. The desire is for all leaders to keep that in mind“. UnfortunatelyNOT MANY people have “cool heads” these days.

“Carlyle Thayer, an expert on regional security at the University of New South Wales in Australia, said the sending of the Chinese patrol boats UPS THE STAKES.”, obviouslyas if we need any more of that. “It’s a TIT-FOR-TAT response because China IS EXTREMELY SENSITIVE about sovereignty mattersobviouslyWell, this has been the case for a very long time, perhaps ever since PRE-HISTORIC times.

“Japan’s coast guard said it HAS NOT taken any special measures in response to the Chinese patrol boats, although it continues to monitor the situation”. So Japan ISN’T RETALIATINGHOW NOBLE.

“Thayer said the Chinese boats would likely stop short of entering the 12 nautical miles around the islands that are considered territorial waters and administered by Japan”. “Japan has a PRETTY ROBUST navy (in addition to) a VERY STRONG  and ACTIVE professional coast guard. What is possible are the kinds of confrontations like (those which) occurred at (the) Scarborough Shoal”, the group of islands that China is fighting with THE PHILIPPINES over, of courseThis also makes sense because the Philippines are MUCH weaker than the Japanese.

 “It’s all (POLITICALPOSTURING. It’s a game of WHO BLINKS FIRSTobviously.

“About a dozen protesters gathered outside the Japanese Embassy in Beijing chanting, “Japan, GET OUT of China”. Xinhua reported that people had also taken to the streets to protest in two cities in the south and east”. Anti-Japanese sentiment is clearly threatening to BOIL OVER in China…again.

“Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry also LODGED A STRONG PROTEST to Japan. It called the island purchase an “EXTREMELY UNFRIENDLY move” that “not only harms the longtime CO-OPERATION (?) between Taiwan and Japan, but will also AGGRAVATE  REGIONAL TENSIONS in East Asia”as if “tensions” AREN’T high enough already Also, note that TAIWAN, under President MA YING-JEOUis just another CHINA PUPPET. On top of all thiswhen was the last time POLITICIANS “co-operated?” NEVER.

Finally, “In Tokyo, Gov. Ishihara said he would release 1.4 billion yen ($18 million) donated toward his islands purchase plan to the central government, but only once it was clear whether it would heed his calls to build a port or other facilities”.

“He also suggested that Japan cooperate with the Philippines and Vietnam, which have their own territorial disputes with China in the South China Sea”.

We shouldn’t see this as an issue that ONLY concerns Japan”.

This is the latest chapter in a highly contentious, emotional, ugly and above allDIVISIVE debate that, againJUST DOESN’T SEEM TO BE GETTING ANYWHERE/ISN’T PROGRESSING AT ALL. Carlyle Thayer summed it up perfectly: “It’s (the latest version of) TIT-FOR-TAT” or “We think they made us mad; they think we made them mad and here we go” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).


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