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Update on the Diaoyu Islands Spat and A Possible Change In Japan’s Hawkish Government – reposted by T.E. Yu 3rd February 2012

A Chinese official document drafted in 1950 recognizes Japan as the owner of a group of islands in the East China Sea, which Beijing also lays claim to. – Saturday Dec 29, 201204:08 AM GMT

The 20-page document, revealed by Japan Times newspaper on Friday, referred to the islands, which are known as Diaoyu in China, with their Japanese name Senkakus.

Filed by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, the document describes the disputed islands as part of the Ryukyu Islands, today known as Okinawa.

The document was completed in May 1970, nearly seven months after the foundation of the People’s Republic of China by the Communist Party.

Japan and China have long been in a dispute over the sovereignty of the islands, which would give the owner exclusive oil, mineral, and fishing rights in the surrounding waters.

The dispute reached its peak in mid-September after Japan announced that it planned to buy the islands from their Japanese private owners. Hundreds of Chinese held anti-Japan demonstrations following the move.

Yasuhiro Matsuda, professor at University of Tokyo, described the document as “evidence that China’s government at that time regarded the Senkaku Islands as part of the Ryukyus as a matter of course.”

“The logic behind China’s long-standing claim that the Senkakus are part of Taiwan has now completely collapsed,” he said.

Leading experts say Beijing has refused to make the document public because it questions China’s claim on the islands.

KA/HN

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/12/29/280648/china-doc-recognized-islands-as-japans/

ICCR Notes :

Even if the document is true and not a clever forgery, the Chinese were in such a psychologically and socially, also militarily, bad way in the 1970s that the officials would have been susceptible to pressure and manipulation into disregarding the facts on the below link :

https://imperialchinesecourt.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/cherish-friendship-between-china-and-japan-updated-2012-07-13-1332-chinadaily-com-cn/

The assent of an nation under threat of war by militarily stronger powers of that time, of a weak willed or corrupt official, even groups of officials cannot over-rule facts as above listed. Militarist basis of claims by Japan still fails. Consider also that China being able to overrun Japan now, could also claim that the whole of Japan is Chinese territory. But the Chinese all know that the Japanese are a sovereign people. Think and apply. If military power is the basis of Japan’s claim over the Chinese during a moment of weakness, then Japan is currently in a moment, nay, potentially an Aeon of weakness, does that mean that China has any right to claim the whole of Japan as it’s own?

What if China BRIBES every Japanese politician with a Singapore sized microstate each to sign over Japanese sovereignty to China to become part of the again rising Chinese Empire? Would the decision of a handful of officials override the will of the Japanese people at large? So same with the officials who recognized Japanese control of the islands via a single document UNDER MILITARY DURESS. Were China equal in military power to Japan, never would the officials accepted the 1950 drafted 20 page document.

These are ETHICAL considerations not based on military power (which China is superior in anyway as of now) which automatically still maintains that the islands beling to China and not Japan. The logic behind China’s long-standing claim that the Senkakus are part of Taiwan still stands, it is Japan’s ethics and principles which has collapsed. Considering that Press TV looks like an Israeli media setup (if not an Arab false flag intended to destroy relations between China and Israel), Israel’s (or the Islamists?) ethics and principles, and diplomatic standing with the Chinese might have also collapsed as well.

Former Japanese PM apologizes for wartime crimes in China (Xinhua) 08:30, January 18, 2013

Former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama (front) and his wife bow as they mourn for the Nanjing Massacre victims at the Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders in Nanjing, capital of east China’s Jiangsu Province, Jan. 17, 2013. (Xinhua/Han Yuqing)

Yukio Hatoyama could remind the people and the Japanese MPs in general that Japan, especially without the US, would never be able to take on China and use this fact to topple Shinzo Abe politically. The USA would choose China over Japan any day. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/02/02/national/u-s-to-abe-collective-self-defense-off-agenda/

Yukio Hatoyama could remind the people and the Japanese MPs in general that Japan, especially without the US, would never be able to take on China and use this fact to topple Shinzo Abe politically. The USA would choose China over Japan any day. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/02/02/national/u-s-to-abe-collective-self-defense-off-agenda/

NANJING, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) — Former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on Thursday apologized for Japan’s wartime crimes in China and expressed his hope that the tragedy would not be repeated.

Hatoyama made the remarks while touring the Memorial Hall of the Victims of the Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing.

Hatoyama was the third former Japanese prime minister to visit the memorial after Tomiichi Murayama and Toshiki Kaifu.

During the visit, he often stopped to pay silent tribute to photos or the remains of the victims of the Nanjing Massacre, which was committed by the invading Japanese army in the late 1930s.

Hatoyama nodded as Zhu Chengshan, the memorial’s president, told him that it is an undeniable fact, as stated in the verdicts of the Tokyo and Nanjing martial courts, that Japanese invaders killed more than 300,000 people in Nanjing.

“The Japanese government had made it clear when signing the Treaty of San Francisco 1951 that it accepted the verdicts of the Far Eastern International Military Court of Justice and others verdicts regarding its war crimes,” Zhu said.

After seeing slogans reading, “To remember the historical lesson of Nanjing, but not for revenge, and to seek eternal world peace for great love,” Hatoyama said the words touched him and he hopes that all people will work hard for peace.

“After the tree of peace I planted blossoms and bears fruits, I will come back again,” he said at the end of a two-hour visit when he planted a ginkgo tree in a park.

Hatoyama, 66, served as Japan’s prime minister between September 2009 and June 2010.

ICCR Notes :

Hatoyama can be the good cop n the background while a short war to confirm China’s ownership over disputed territories occurs. Would Hatoyama prepare to lead a post 2013 war government by first initiating the names of removal of all Class 1 War Criminals at Yasukuni Shrine for a start?

Suggestion For Opposition Politicians of Various Nations :

1 Claimed province: The People’s Republic of China claims the island of Taiwan and its surrounding islets, including Penghu, as “Taiwan Province”. (Kinmen and the Matsu Islands are claimed by the PRC as part of its Fujian Province. Pratas and Itu Aba are claimed by the PRC as part of Guangdong and Hainan provinces respectively.) The territory is controlled by the Republic of China (ROC, commonly called “Taiwan”).

4 Invited provinces: On behalf of The People’s Republic of China ICCR has conceptualised the concept of the ‘Invited Province‘ : ICCR informally invites the nations of Japan, Phillipines, Myanmar, Vietnam and Mongolia to ‘unify’ with the closest provinces of Shanghai (Japan), Taiwan (Phillipines), Yunan (Myanmar), Hainan (Vietnam) and Inner Mongolia (Mongolia) respectively for a better Imperium.

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Updates on the Diaoyu Oceanic District – reposted by M.Murong – 8th October 2012

Potsdam Declaration: Diaoyu islands belong to China – 09-18-2012 13:43 BJT

Japan’s so-called purchasing of Diaoyu islands severely violated history and international law. After World War Two, the Potsdam Declaration or the Proclamation Defining Terms for Japanese Surrender clarified Japan’s sovereignty.

The Potsdam Declaration was issued on July 26th 1945 in the name of the governments of the United States, the Republic of China, and the United Kingdom. It determines that the terms of the Cairo Declaration shall be carried out and Japanese sovereignty shall be limited to the islands of Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, Shikoku and such minor islands.

The U.S., Britain, and China issue the Potsdam Declaration defining terms for Japanese surrender. The Diaoyu Islands cannot be owned, sold or leased by any Japanese person or the Japanese Government.

And China’s northeast regions, Taiwan Island, Penghu Islands and its surrounding islands should return to China after being occupied by Japan for over 50 years. And Japan accepted the terms unconditionally.

Matthias Simmich, deputy director of Schloss Cecilienhof Museum, said, ” The Potsdam Declaration says particularly that territories of China which were occupied by Japan before World War Two must return to China.”

PRC Chinese Submarines from the Imperium in revival . . .

Update on China and Asia Pacific – reposted by T.E. Yu – September 2012

Panetta: US Not Trying to Contain China : U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, left, shakes hands with China’s Vice President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, September 19, 2012. – September 19, 2012

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Chinese troops Wednesday that Washington’s new strategic military shift toward Asia is not meant to contain the rise of China.

Panetta’s comments to young officers at a Chinese military academy in Beijing are one of Washington’s most direct statements yet about the intentions of its “pivot” toward the region.

“Our re-balance toward the Asia-Pacific region is not an attempt to contain China,” said Panetta.  “It is an attempt to engage China and expand its role in the Asia-Pacific. It’s about creating a new model in the relationship of our two Pacific powers. It’s about renewing and revitalizing our role in a part of the world that is rapidly becoming more critical to our economic, diplomatic, and security interests.”

Panetta also said expanding U.S. missile defense systems are aimed at North Korea’s ballistic missile arsenal, and not at China.

The Pentagon chief is using his three-day trip to China to promote deeper military ties between Washington and Beijing, which have become skeptical of one another’s intentions in the Asia-Pacific.

On Wednesday, a smiling and energetic Xi said he hoped Panetta’s visit will help advance “state-to-state and military-to-military” ties between Washington and Beijing.

Washington has expressed concern at China’s military build-up and increased assertiveness in defending its maritime claims. Beijing fears Washington’s new focus on Asia is emboldening U.S. allies such as Japan and the Philippines to directly confront China.

In his speech at the military academy, Panetta acknowledged that building mutual trust will take time. But he says it is important for both sides to look beyond the disagreements to areas where they can work together.

The defense secretary’s visit comes as China and Japan, an American ally, are involved in a bitter territorial dispute about a group of islands in the East China Sea. Panetta has urged both sides to exercise restraint and repeated Washington’s insistence that it does not take sides in the dispute.

But an article in the Communist Party-controlled Global Times on Wednesday says it is “obvious” that Washington is partial to Japan. The newspaper, which often reflects official thinking, says Beijing should use Panetta’s visit to let the United States know it will take all necessary steps to safeguard the islands, known in Chinese as Diaoyu and in Japanese as Senkaku.

Boisterous anti-Japan protests that spread across China on Tuesday were also partly focused on the United States. The U.S. State Department issued a statement that a car carrying U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke was mildly damaged after about 50 protesters surrounded it outside the U.S. embassy in Beijing. The statement says the ambassador was not hurt and the protesters were dispersed by Chinese security personnel.

Panetta meets with China’s Xi, eats lunch with cadets

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta carries his lunch with cadets in the mess hall at the PLA Engineering Academy of Armored Forces in Beijing, Sept. 19.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has lunch with cadets in the mess hall at the PLA Engineering Academy of Armored Forces on Sept. 19 in Beijing, China. Can’t really make out if there was ‘Tako’ on the trays . . . hmm no manjuu? No harm for the Chinese since New Zealand and not Japan is the last stop . . . but New Zealanders, how feel you about this slightly diminishing window on Maori Sovereignty? Native Ameri-Red-Indians, no access to media or not a word?

By Phaedra Singelis, NBC News

Panetta met with Chinese leader-in-waiting Xi today, who just days ago reappeared after a puzzling two-week absence. Panetta told the press his “impression was that he was very healthy and very engaged.” He also ate lunch with and spoke to cadets at the Armored Forces Engineering Academy where he reassured them about America’s plans to put a second radar system in Japan. “Our rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region is not an attempt to contain China,” he said. “It is an attempt to engage China and expand its role in the Pacific. It is about creating a new model in the relationship of two Pacific powers.”

Environmental projects under construction in Sansha – Global Times – Xinhua – Updated: 2012-09-19 22:01

China’s Territories and Dominions Need Defending

SANSHA – Construction on several environmental preservation projects has kicked off in the newly established island city of Sansha in the South China Sea, authorities said Wednesday.

Construction on a sewage processing and pipeline project and a garbage collecting and transferring project started on Aug 25, sources with the Sansha government said.

The two projects, being built with a combined investment of over 50 million yuan ($7.9 million), will be capable of processing 1,800 tonnes of sewage and 20 tonnes of garbage each day upon completion, according to the sources.

Another project that kicked off on Sept 14 is aimed at protecting island coasts that have been eroded by the sea.

The government of Hainan, a southern province that administers Sansha, will prioritize environmental protection in all construction projects, as Sansha’s ecological environment is fragile and non-renewable, said provincial governor Jiang Dingzhi.

Meanwhile, the Sansha government is working on a development plan that will include transportation and ecological protection as part of upgrades for the city’s infrastructure, sources said.

Sansha was officially set up on July 24 on Yongxing Island to administer the Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha islands and their surrounding waters in the South China Sea.

Provincial officials in Hainan Province have approved the registration of two enterprises in Sansha, the country’s newest city established on July 24 on Yongxing Island, which also administers three other islands in the South China Sea.

A construction company and a tourism company were registered in the province on August 23 and September 6, indicating the city is open to investors.

The provincial industry and commerce administration was quoted by the Xinhua News Agency Tuesday as saying that approvals of enterprise registration have to be issued at the provincial level until the city’s own administration is fully established.

Considering the limited office space available in Sansha, enterprises registered there are allowed to set up their offices in other cities, said the administration.

Wen Zheng, director of the administration’s office in charge of enterprise registration, said applications and enquiries from investors wanting to set up enterprise in Sansha have started to flock in after the State Council approved establishing the city in June.

“Investors are welcome to play their part in promoting the city’s economic growth, as special channels will be set up for investors, and administrative procedures will also be streamlined to facilitate the registration process,” Wen said.

The two companies were approved after fishermen from 22 households on Yongxing Island, where the city government is based, were granted an individual business license on July 13, days before the city was officially founded.

Whether foreign-funded enterprises should be given approval in Sansha will be discussed after the city’s administration is established.

According to regulations of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, foreign-funded enterprises are allowed to register in prefecture-level cities and above in the country.

Note : Hainan Province, known as Qiongzhou in ancient times, has long been under the jurisdiction of Guangdong Province. But in May 1984, the decision was approved to establish the Hainan Administrative District on the island at the Second Session of the Sixth National People’s Congress. Under  the district’s jurisdiction are also the Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha islands in the South China Sea. The district governing body is the Hainan Administrative District’s Government under the Guangdong Provincial People’s Government. In August 1987, the State Council made a proposal to  establish Hainan as a province. In 1988, Hainan Island became China’s 30th province and its largest economic zone. The Hainan Province administers three cities, 16 counties, as well as the islands and reefs of the Xisha Islands, Nansha Islands and Zhongsha Islands and seawaters around them. The province has an area of 34,000 sq km, an average temperature between 22 and 26 degrees centigrade and an annual rainfall of 1,600 to 2,000 millimeters.

US insists missile defense targets DPRK, not China – Updated: 2012-08-25 00:29 – by Li Xiaokun in Beijing and Tan Yingzi in Washington ( China Daily)

Washington’s plan to expand an advanced missile-defense system in Asia is directed at Pyongyang, not Beijing, the US State Department said on Thursday.

However, military experts in both the United States and China questioned the US’ intentions, saying the expensive system, which is well beyond Pyongyang’s military capability, is actually “looking at China”.

The Chinese military also called for the US to handle anti-missile issues with great discretion and avoid “letting its own state security take priority over other countries’ national security”.

The Wall Street Journal’s front-page story on Thursday talked about Pentagon plans to put a second X-Band early-warning radar in southern Japan to complement one that has been in the country’s north since 2006.

It said the US military has also been evaluating sites in Southeast Asia for a third X-Band radar to create an arc that would allow the US and its regional allies to “more accurately track any ballistic missiles launched from (the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), as well as from parts of China”.

Some US defense officials said the Philippines, which is at odds with China on territorial issues, is a potential site for the third radar.

Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, confirmed later on Thursday that the US is in discussions with Japan on the issue.

“It’s certainly a topic of conversation because missile defense is important to both of our nations,” Dempsey said at the start of a meeting with his visiting Japanese counterpart, Shigeru Iwasaki, at the Pentagon.

Victoria Nuland, a spokesperson for the US State Department, said on Thursday the missile defense work is not directed at China.

“They are designed against a missile threat” from the DPRK, she said, adding that the system is a defensive one, and that Washington has told Beijing about it.

“We do have regular conversations with China … We are quite open and transparent about what it is that we’re doing and why,” she said at the daily news briefing.

The People’s Liberation Army’s deputy chief of general staff, General Cai Yingting, started a US visit this week, which follows one in May by Defense Minister Liang Guanglie. It is not clear whether the anti-missile system is being discussed during Cai’s visit.

However, China’s Ministry of National Defense on Thursday said in a statement to the Wall Street Journal that “China has always believed that anti-missile issues should be handled with great discretion, from the perspective of protecting global strategic stability and promoting strategic mutual trust among all countries.

“We advocate that all parties fully respect and be mindful of the security concerns of one another and try to realize overall safety through mutual benefit and win-win efforts, while avoiding the situation in which one country tries to let its own state security take priority over other countries’ national security.”

Beijing objected to the first X-Band deployment in Japan in 2006. Moscow also voiced similar concerns about the system in Europe and the Middle East.

“The focus of our rhetoric is (the DPRK),” Steven Hildreth, a missile-defense expert with the Congressional Research Service, an advisory arm of the US Congress, told the Wall Street Journal.

In April, Pyongyang launched a rocket that blew up less than two minutes into its flight.

“The reality is that we’re also looking longer-term at the elephant in the room, which is China,” Hildreth said.

Jonathan Pollack, Asia-Pacific security expert at the Brookings Institution, said that in theory, this new radar expansion will have the capabilities to go well beyond the defense of Japan.

In order to prevent a major potential escalation of that kind of competition in East Asia, “for this reason alone, I believe there is a pressing priority for the next president of the United States, either President (Barack) Obama or Governor (Mitt) Romney, to open a series of discussions with China about issues of missile defense,” he said.

The US presidential election will be in early November, and the winner will be sworn into office on Jan 20.

Li Qinggong, deputy secretary of the China Council for National Security Policy Studies, said the radar arc can look at missiles launched from coastal area of China.

“The early-warning radar is the key part of an anti-missile system. It can detect a launched missile, as well as determine its trajectory and model.

“It will be like killing a fly with a bazooka if it is used to contain Pyongyang. I believe it is mainly aimed at detecting China’s missiles.”

The Wall Street Journal report said Washington is concerned over the growing imbalance of power across the Taiwan Straits.

However, Yin Zhuo, a Beijing-based military expert, said “the US won’t spend so much energy on Taiwan, to implement ballistic missiles, interceptor missiles and GPS radars everywhere.

“Just a GPS radar costs more than $1 billion,” Yin said, adding that Taiwan is just one of the many considerations in the program.

“And to ‘protect’ Taiwan is just a move for the US to deal with China, not an ultimate goal.”

Contact the writers at lixiaokun@chinadaily.com.cn and tanyingzi@chinadailyusa.com

ICCR Notes :

USA had better save the money for the Middle East and perhaps even try to consolidate Iraq. Who knows the 2 Koreas could re-unite, Taiwan and China re-unites, then the USA would have wasted all that money for nothing. Focus on consolidating Iraq, then maybe Iran can be controlled . . .

Hu: Diaoyu Islands purchase illegal, invalid – Updated: 2012-09-09 21:50 – ( Xinhua)

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia – Chinese President Hu Jintao met with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Sunday and made clear China’s position on its relations with Japan and the Diaoyu Islands issue.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 26, 2011. [Liu Weibing/Xinhua]


The two leaders met on the sidelines of the 20th informal economic leaders’ meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

Hu seriously pointed out that China-Japan relations have recently faced a severe situation due to the Diaoyu Islands issue, saying China holds a consistent, clear stance on the issue.

Whatever ways the Japanese side uses to “purchase the islands” are illegal and invalid and China firmly opposes such moves, he said.

The Chinese government stands firm on the issue of safeguarding its territorial sovereignty, Hu said, adding Japan must fully recognize the gravity of the situation and should not make wrong decisions.

He urged Japan to work with the Chinese side to maintain the overall development of the two countries’ relations.

ICCR Notes :

On Sept 18, 1931, Japanese soldiers blew up a railway as a pretext to take control of the entire northeastern region of China. The date marks a “day of national humiliation”. Sirens wailed at 9:18 am Tuesday in Shenyang, provincial capital of Northeast China’s Liaoning province, kicking off nationwide activities. Thousands of people in Beijing marched to the well-guarded Japanese embassy, chanting slogans including “Never forget the national humiliation’‘.

There is no basis for Japan’s claims, historically or ethically or by maritime law. USA is busy in the Middle East and Diaoyu Island can only belong to China. Long live the Fatherland! Long live the Imperium Sinensis!

Update : Late August 2012 – Diaoyu Isles – reposted by M.Murong – 19th August 2012

South China Sea issue expected to be discussed during three-country visit – by Li Xiaokun and Zhou Wa (China Daily) 08:06, August 10, 2012

The Diaoyu Activists

Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi embarked on a three-stop visit to Southeast Asia on Thursday, in which the South China Sea issue is expected to top discussions.

Chinese experts believe Yang will seek understanding from the island nations on the territorial issue, including Indonesia, which plays a leading mediating role in discussions inside the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

The foreign minister will also focus on building better bilateral relations during the trip, as Beijing does not want to see its broad ties with the region dominated by the issue.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said on Wednesday that Yang will pay official visits to Indonesia, Brunei and Malaysia from Thursday to Aug 13, at the invitation of his counterparts from the respective countries.

The visit comes as Beijing’s tensions with Hanoi and Manila in the South China Sea increased in recent months.

China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei all have claims over some islands and waters in the South China Sea.

During his visit, Yang will also co-chair, with Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, the second meeting of the joint committee for bilateral cooperation between the two governments.

“In my view the Indonesian visit is targeted more at bilateral ties,” said Yang Baoyun, an expert on Southeast Asian studies at Peking University.

Still, he said Beijing recognizes Indonesia’s mediation efforts on the South China Sea issue.

Indonesia has played an active mediating role in discussions on the South China Sea dispute after foreign ministers of the 10-member ASEAN last month failed to issue a joint communique at their meeting in Phnom Penh because they could not agree on a paragraph about territorial disputes.

Natalegawa then embarked on a 36-hour “shuttle diplomacy” tour to the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and Singapore that resulted in ASEAN member states agreeing on a joint statement outlining ASEAN’s six key principles on the issue.

On Wednesday Natalegawa warned of a “risk of further tensions” in the South China Sea if a “collective and common approach” is not soon agreed on. He was referring to a code of conduct on the South China Sea issue designed to reduce tensions.

He said he hoped to compare notes on the South China Sea with Yang during his visit.

Peking University’s Yang Baoyun said the key point on which to achieve consensus in any code of conduct, is that the proposal cannot challenge China’s sovereignty.

Japan captured and then released the above 14 activists . . . face saving move by Japan to not appear weak yet not offend Fatherland China too much . . .

ICCR Notes :

Further tensions would be what the hawks in China might want, Noda is playing right into their hands. If further tensions occur, the result will be 10 times what Japan did in WW2 and 10 times as difficult to counter, multiplied by USA’s 10 times poorer status than in WW2 in which case China drove out all US and other invaders as well. USA is tied up in the Middle East, there will be no ‘white nation rescue (and recolonization either even as Japan looks to naver have shaken off USA’s WW2 victory to be more independent) this time round, not that a American extreme rightist backed or run Asia via Japan’s backdoor to the East, would be anything wonderous or to be proud of, almost worse than when the colonial powers butchered their way into the Americas and the Red Indian Native populations in the 1400-1800s (we all saw what happened at Vietnam which failed in either case).

Any provocation to war will be to China and China’s allies advantage and the Noda Administration’s political loss. Suggest that all offending parties accede to China’s and Korea’s, also Russia’s reasonable demands instead of provoking China. Given that Kuril and Dokdo also Diaoyu are now being reclaimed, Japan really should think carefully if a Manchukuo style ‘Syria’ could occur in Japan with the 3+1 powers of China, South Korea and Russia – North Korea definitely will want in on the action as well . . . and USA has never been as unready as now, being stuck in the Middle East to take on such a grouping.

Suggest that Japan’s current government accede to all parties reasonable demands instead of provoking all parties, Noda’s coalition is already poorly thought of enough as of now from the as of yet unresolved Fukushima disaster which might have reached all the way to Tokyo by some reports. A peace coalition willing to not cause wars (not that this is a war tha Japan could win) on top of nuclear disasters, should easily find much support among a peace loving Japanese coalition to topple an unpopular Japanese government.

Frankly the Kurils look the worst to challenge on, Russia alone could take on the USA today, most definitely Japan, and Japan should simply give face to Russia, while China has both historical and ethical rights to the islands, with the 2 Koreas still smarting over wartime atrocities in which Japan wouldn’t print some useless pieces of Banana Notes to allow some WW2 abused women to find closure and enjoy life abit with (not that fiat will not be finished in due course) before dying, BLACKENING Japan’s name eternally, the world will all remember Japan watching the victims of aggravated MILITARY pimping, die instead of receiving offerings of apology and offering some material comfort.

Well ‘Japan Peace Coalition’? Ready to topple the Yasukuni Shrine visiting , WW3 causing Noda government – you people of Japan? Will be too late when that Pacific trench finally swallows up Japan, all who did not act appropriately will rue the day the Noda government stayed in power and damned all the reputations of all Japanese worldwide . . .

Japan could be the QIfeng 2 if Japan is not careful, with ships on either side being Russia and China . . .

Commentary: Japan’s abstaining from shrine visit positive, but history reflections still needed (Xinhua) 08:06, August 15, 2012

BEIJING, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda reaffirmed Friday that he and his cabinet wouldn’t visit the Yasukuni Shrine that honors the war-time dead including top war criminals on Aug. 15, the 67th anniversary of its World War II surrender.

The announcement was a positive sign and should be applauded, but Japan, in order to earn full acceptance and understanding from neighboring countries, perhaps should make more efforts in reflecting upon its wartime past.

It is comforting to see that since the Democratic Party of Japan came in power in 2009, not a Japanese prime minister has visited the shrine.

In contrast, despite strong protest from China, South Korea and some other Asian countries, Japanese leaders, in the past decades, from time to time, visited the shrine that honors 2.5 million Japanese killed in wars, including 14 Class-A war criminals.

Noda’s latest decision could be regarded as a means to alleviate growing public anger in neighboring countries against Japan’s unrepentant attitude toward World War II, in which Japanese forces invaded the countries and brutally killed tens of millions of people.

The prime minister was aimed at calming the nerves of neighboring countries it invaded, especially China, and preventing Sino-Japanese ties from falling into an “unimaginable abyss,” as a Japanese newspaper said in a recent commentary.

Japan’s pragmatic take on historical issues with China and other Asian countries is on the right track, but it is still far from a complete reflection upon and rectification of its war aggressions.

A growing force of right-wing extremism is stoking nationalism within Japan. It refuses to acknowledge the invasive nature of the war, sees Japan’s surrender on Aug. 15, 1945 as a national shame, and advocates for a victim-of-war mentality as Japan was hit by two atomic bombs before its surrender. Many Japanese people still grudge to see its history as it was.

The Noda Administration could cleverly remove the Class 1 War Criminals’ names from the shrine THEN visit Yasukuni Shrine. But that form of lateral thinking seems impossible for Japan’s current generation of corrupted and unethical leaders . . . perhaps a new coalition is still needed . . .

ICCR Notes :

(The Noda administration has released the 14 activists on 17th August 2012 and did not visit the Yasukuni Shrine, a hopeful possibility for the new ASEAN reality and a safer Japan for the Japanese who understand the above facts and do not want to be on the wrong side of history. . . )

Time to expel the illegal squatters on Diaoyu? Use non-lethals, and if China manages to avoid any squatter deaths at all, sending all ILLEGALS back to Japan (perhaps just retaining 14 to be charged/arrested with squatting THEN releasing later similarly), China would have set a historical precedent that Israel and the world could learn from (use TONS OF SLEEPING GAS or tranquiliser darts to solve the Gaza problem and appear humane Israel!!! Stop messing with the nukes or other poisons – CONVENTIONALS ONLY!)

. . . If Japan pushes too hard by actually killing any Chinese troops in this suggestion of a squatter roundup with non-lethals, the Chinese can kill/execute in a civilised manner an equal number later, then withdraw diplomats then send a proper military force not intended to push into Japan’s mainland . . . a border skirmish might be needed to affirm territorial integrity. A cold war China is going to be a very unpleasant China.

Diaoyu Activist . . .

Cherish friendship between China and Japan – Updated: 2012-07-13 13:32 (chinadaily.com.cn)

This year 2012 is the 40th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan. But the Diaoyu Islands issue makes this year different, says an article in Beijing Youth Daily.

Japanese Disputes (Diaoyu is obviously way out of 12 mile territorial and 200 mil EEZ claims. COnsidered against the hostorical background, Japan has no right of claim at all.

The dispute over the Diaoyu Islands created headaches for both countries 40 years ago as well. That’s why both sides agreed to solve the problem prudently in 1972, when diplomatic relations between China and Japan were normalized.

Deng Xiaoping advocated the suggestion to “suspend dispute, develop jointly” when both countries inked the friendship treaty in 1978. China has followed this suggestion ever since for the long-term development of bilateral relations.

Forty years ago, the elder generation of statesmen from both countries overcame great difficulties and made the strategic decision, which has proved to be significant for the normalization of bilateral diplomatic relations. Their decision is based on the common interests of both peoples.

Today, leaders of both countries should inherit the political wisdom and draw lessons from their predecessors to act smartly and responsibly.

The friendship today between China and Japan is extremely valuable. Both sides should pay special attention to care for it. Sensitive issues, such as the Diaoyu Islands dispute, are crucial tests for both sides.

If the hard-won bilateral friendship is harmed by any individual politician’s personal benefits, the loss for both nations will definitely outweigh their personal gains and waste the previous efforts of both peoples.

ICCR Notes :

This will be a short war between both countries that will not escalate if China does not push into Japan proper and stops after control of Diaoyu Islands is controlled, or if Japan does not get USA in to help Japan militarily. If the latter happens, then WW3 occurs as Russia will enter as well as the Kurils will be next if Diaoyu falls. All ‘WW3 potential’ parties should let China and Japan sort this out – a nice little war ending with Diaoyu being ceded seems tolerable yes? Extreme technology not-withstanding (dirty bombs or sneaking in poisonous (Kobe beef? Addictive substances included?) or nanotech saturated (mind drones?!?)food to Hong Kong does not count), Japan should just stop claiming what was established during the Yuan Period or else face an embarassment from China’s military pushback if the unchallengeable titanium clad historical pushback fails to appeal to Japan’s common sense. This is a localized regional claim that (also equidistance consideration-wise being so very much nearer to China) Japan cannot win even an ethical stance and should just preserve the peace for. Japan in fact could build their own fisheries and artificial islands instead of ride on the back of WW2’s failures.

In fact Liúqiú Islands (Ryukyu) which was a sovereign territory which was controlled by a tiny Kingdom with their own Royalty that chose Imperial China as Sovereign under vassalship, was forcibly occupied and controlled by Japan when China was at the weakest during the Manchu Invasion against the Ming Dynasts. Clearly Japan did not respect the Liqiu Monarch’s wishes and took advantage of the Ming era Manchu invasions, to bully and abuse China’s CONSENSUAL vassals, even dare claim control of the same even today! Japan’s factions who today wish to claim Ryukyu have no ethics or historical understanding!

Early History of The Liuqiu Kingdom (Ryukyu) and its Relationship with China and Japan

The history of the Liuqiu Kingdom Kingdom previous to the Meiji Restoration provides a depiction of an island kingdom that maintained a high degree of national sovereignty that was eventually shattered by colonial domination by Japan’s Satsuma-han in the 17th century. From the earliest times, the Liuqiu Kingdom Kingdom occupied a privileged position to the south of Japan due largely to its trade and cultural links with China. Despite the fact that Japan had exercised brief contacts with the kingdom from the 7th to the 9th century, Japan’s attempts to interfere with Liuqiu Kingdom’s domestic affairs virtually disappeared until the 17th century.

Until that time, the Liuqiu Kingdom Kingdom maintained it’s strongest economic and cultural ties with China as a vassal kingdom subject to and protected by the Imperium, and remained in somewhat constant contact with the Asian continent, through China. From the 14th century on, the Liuqiu Kingdom Kingdom developed a tributary relationship with China, which while symbolically signifying the Liuqiu Kingdom Kingdom’s status under China (as demonstrated in a pledge of loyalty made by the Liuqiu Kingdoman King to the Chinese Emperor) basically maintained the Liuqiu Kingdom Kingdom’s independent status as a nation.

In typical Chinese style, in no way did China’s Imperials seek to interfere in Liuqiu Kingdom’s domestic affairs, but merely sought to maintain cordial relations with the kingdom (which by the 16th century had consolidated all of the islands in the archipelago under centralized monarchical rule, with it’s capitol at Shuri castle on the island of Okinawa). China’s preeminent status had several key implications for the people of Liuqiu Kingdom. Even then in 1765 Japanese maps detailed the region as Chinese controlled :

三國=琉球、蝦夷、朝鮮,當時皆不屬日本。當時還特別有列明為無主島的,是今天的小笠原群島。The 3 Country maps shows Japan and its 3 sovereign neighbors, Liquiu, Korea and Hokkaido which was not even part of Japan in 1765. Only in 1869 did the Edo Shogunate control Hokkaido, Liqui however retained Chinese vassal status up to 1609 with the Japanese probably expecting Qing Era China to reclaim the islands by the map maker’s mindset in 1765. Little did the mapmaker know, that only in 2012 would the Liuqius be reclaimed by China!

It provided legitimacy to the Liuqiu Kingdom Monarchy, and also established the manner in which Chinese ethics and cultural customs eventually entered into the Liuqiu Kingdom. Most importantly, however, it’s status as a tributary allowed the Liuqiu Kingdom Kingdom access to trade with China, which would serve to boost the Liuqiu Kingdoms status in terms of mercantile affairs.

The most significant change in status for this time period came in 1609 with the invasion of the Liuqiu Kingdom by the Satsuma-han of Japan. In this time period, Satsuma took control of the Liuqiu Kingdom from the Liuqiu Kingdom monarchy, and placed the northern islands of Amami under direct Satsuma rule, while allowing the rest of the kingdom to remain under a sort of semi-colonial jurisdiction. In many ways, the experiences of the Amami islands differed vastly and far more harshly from the rest of the kingdom. The Amami islands (part of present-day Kagoshima Prefecture) quickly became integral to the growth of Satsuma’s economy and consequently to it’s growth in military strength. With the rapid introduction of the sugar cane industry into the islands and the increasing harshness of Satsuma domain’s leadership in extracting labor from the residents there, islanders underwent a period that they refer to as “Sato jigoku,” or “Sugar Hell.” Through this period of time, they were quickly integrated into Satsuma-han, as a part of Japan.

The rest of the Liuqiu Kingdom, however, was able to maintain some appearances of sovereignty despite the nature of their domination by the Satsuma domain. For the most part, the Sho dynasty, which had previously ruled the Liuqiu Kingdom, was able to remain intact along with its administrative structures. This occurred largely because it was in Satsuma’s political and economic trade interests to keep up the pretense that the Liuqiu Kingdom was still an independent nation. Since the Liuqiu Kingdom had been able to maintain economic trade relations with China, and Japan had broken off those same relations, Satsuma had a vested interest in keeping up Liuqiu Kingdom trade activities with China in order to economically prosper. To that end, the colonialised Liuqiu Kingdom proved indispensable, since by practicing the deception that the Liuqiu Kingdom was still an independent nation free from Japanese control (think Manchuria and the puppet Qing, Japan loves to bahave in this manner), Satsuma was able to use the Liuqiu Kingdom as a means in which to trade Japanese goods with China. Thus, the situation for the Liuqiu Kingdom proved especially cynical, since it remained in Satsuma’s best interests to keep the Liuqiu Kingdom as an independent nation (at least on the surface), while in the Amami islands, Satsuma favored complete integration of the islands into it’s territory.

This relationship, however, changed with the arrival of the western colonial powers, as personified in the arrival of Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry’s “Black Fleet” in 1854. Stopping first in Okinawa before heading to Tokyo Bay, the Americans that Perry represented became the first colonial threat that Japan was forced to deal with after hundreds of years of isolationism. Faced with this threat, Japan felt the need to take several steps in order to protect itself from colonial encroachments, as had been seen in places like China, “Indochina,” and any of the other colonized Asian nations. Japan quickly embarked on an ambitious program to develop internally on the model of the modern western nation-state. Towards those ends, Japan began a rapid process of industrialization, heightened its sense of national unity, and solidified its borders. In order to learn how to engage in this process of modernization, Japan sent a number of delegations to various western nations to learn from their models, but sadly enough, they learned these lessons at the tail end of the main period of outright western imperialism, and unfortunately learnt the worst and quickly latched onto the military threat backed model of colonialist expansion and empire building.

Map by Cartographer Zheng Ruozeng (1503 – 1570) of the Liuqiu Kingdom (from Illustrated Description of Liuqiu Kingdom)

The Ying Imperial Restoration Era (circa 2009-????)

The Ying Restoration Era which began in 2009, could well see a revival of the Liuqui Kingdom that the world would doubtless be invited to witness. So who needs Japan trying AGAIN to abuse the territorial rights of another country? There is neither logical not ethical basis given the history of relations between the 3 parties above (Rightful Suzerain Imperial China, bullying Kingdom of Japan taking advantage of Manchu invasions in the 15th, and the vassal Kingdom of Liuqiu which CHOSE China as suzerain). The Liuqius were FORCIBLY COLONIZED by Japan, even though it was clear the Liqius wanted China as a suzerain NOT Japan, and by this only China and a revival of the Dragon Throne under Constitutional Monarchy for China can properly represent Liuqiu’s status, dignity and freedom and who knows a seat on the UN if not re-assimilation into neo-Imperial China, even as the 9th Throne is invited to complete the neo-Imperial ASEAN circle of Eastern Thrones . . .

Diaoyu is thus unacceptable for claim by Japan much less Liuqiu be considered under Japanese control! We propose a census survey by neutral parties and Liuqiu’s descendants to affirm the Liuqiu citizens’ response to the above, doubtless, the Liuqiu residents and descendants of Liuqiu’s Royal House, will want either Chinese protection or independence and a UN seat for their newly independent Kingdom, not Japanese control (simply because Japan is 66.8 times smaller, has forcibly occupied Liqui in the past, has a military 100s of times smaller, and who knows Japan is already severely irradiated but keeping quiet . . . Japan is a poor choice as opposed to China’s massive scale and generally enlightened if not chaotic Socialist system), which Japan mercilessly and disrespectfully forcefully enforced with violence or threats of violence in 1609!

As ICCR envisions, perhaps the Liuqui Kingdom could well also be revived alongside the Constitutional Monarch under H.I.M. Ying III being lobbied for. The descendents, commoners and royalty of the Liqius should make haste to reclaim their rightful spaces and lands against Japan’s unjustifiable claims.

Update fom Hainan Province : Developing the South China Sea Isles – reposted by T.E. Yu – July 2012

China rushes surveillance ships to islands claimed by Vietnam – PTI | Jul 3, 2012, 06.53PM IST

BEIJING: Amid rising tensions between China and its neighbours over the disputed territories in the South China Sea, Beijing today sent four surveillance ships to the area also claimed by Vietnam after spotting a foreign fishing vessel there.

The ships reached the Nansha islands, at the centre of the disputed areas, this morning when radar suggested the presence of a foreign fishing vessel nearby.

According to the team, Chinese patrol staff immediately broadcast a statement in Chinese, English and Vietnamese to proclaim sovereignty of the Xisha Islands and Nansha Islands also claimed by Vietnam, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Yesterday, the team conducted a formation practice near Yongshu Reef in the South China Sea. The two-hour practice session was fulfilled smoothly but a helicopter scheduled to take part did not do so, due to adverse weather.

The ships reached Huayang Reef, a coral reef in the Nansha Islands, on Sunday and anchored northeast of Yongshu Reef on Sunday evening.

Since taking off from south China’s coastal city of Sanya on June 26, the team has sailed more than 2,000 nautical miles.

China rushed the ships to the islands after Vietnam passed a new law in its parliament asserting the islands are part of its Exclusive Economic Zone, (EEZ).

China immediately protested and summoned Vietnamese Ambassador here and conveyed its resentment over the move by Hanoi.

Vietnam referred to the islands Spratly islands and sent two Russian-made Su-27 fighters to conduct a “patrol flight” over the disputed islands.

China has a similar dispute going with Philippines on another island.

ICCR Notes :

We expect that the next series of settlers (perhaps luxury island buyers fisheries investors etc..) will be visiting China’s ancient territories soon once those fortress-bases are established. Make haste plutocrats of China, there is no better way to show loyalty to the Fatherland than to establish viable colonies in China’s peaceful and beautiful South China Sea territories.

China vows to oppose military provocation – Posted: 29 June 2012

BEIJING: China said on Thursday it would resolutely oppose any military provocation in its territorial waters, remarks which appeared to be directed at the United States, Vietnam and the Philippines.

China’s military has established routine naval patrols in the South China Sea, “indisputable territory” of the nation and a matter of “national sovereignty,” defence ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said.

“We will resolutely oppose any military provocations,” Geng said in statements posted on his ministry’s website.

“The determination and will of China’s military to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity is unwavering.”

Geng’s remarks came as the United States launched the largest-ever “Rim of the Pacific” naval exercises in Hawaii, involving 22 nations, including the US, India, Russia, Australia and the Philippines.

China was not invited to participate or observe the exercises.

Tensions in the South China Sea have intensified recently with Vietnam and the Philippines both accusing China of increasingly flexing its military muscle in the region, despite a pledge from all claimants to avoid actions that could further stoke tensions.

Both the Philippines and Vietnam have also sought to shore up relations with the United States to counter China’s increasingly vocal assertions over the region that also includes key international shipping routes.

Geng downplayed the US-sponsored multi-national military exercises, but voiced concerns over Washington’s recent announcement to deploy more of its naval forces to the Pacific Ocean.

“Frankly speaking, we do not believe that this (the multilateral exercises) is such a big matter and it is not worth being upset about,” Geng, who was speaking at a press briefing that was only open to Chinese journalists, said.

But “deploying more military forces in the Asia-Pacific goes against the world’s pursuit of peace, development and cooperation, as well as trust among nations in the region,” he said.

The Philippines said on Thursday it was committed to “defuse the tension” with China over a disputed shoal, despite the continued presence of Chinese ships in the area.

“While we continue to assert our sovereignty over (the shoal) and sovereign rights over the waters surrounding it, we are committed to defusing the tension in the area through diplomatic discussions and consultations,” Department of Foreign Affairs Raul Hernandez said in a statement.

“We urge everyone to refrain from making statements that would tend to re-escalate the situation in the area,” the statement added.

China says it has sovereign rights to the whole South China Sea, believed to sit atop vast oil and gas deposits. The sea is also claimed in whole or part by Taiwan, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

– AFP/de

ICCR Notes :

Taiwan = part of China (autonomous provincial rule and unity is better than becoming a puppet of the West), besides Taiwan could be the spiritual keeper of the possibility of a revived Taoist Ecclesiarchy in China (instead of all non-native faiths)
Vietnam = breaking ancient territorial treaties after change of govt. post WW2 (before WW2 if Vietnam tried to say this the Qing Emperor would have clamped down HARD, China is stronger than if even has been in history, why claim now except on the back of USA who is more China’s friend than enemy?)
Brunei = non-entity microstate even in consideration against Borneo Island alone.
Malaysia = apartheid state, extremely corrupt (has oppressed local Chinese populations tremendously via psychological warfare perhaps if rumours are correct, even lightly poisoned or sabotaged water supplies, built poisonous industries like cyanide using mines and radioactive material treatment plants where large Chinese populations exist etc..)
Phillipines = a Puerto Rico on the wrong side claiming near 1000 and 600 kms outside of EEZ that were never contested before WW2 (ally with your immediate neighbours and keep the territorial claims ackbowledged over centures not a WW2 . . . ! not countries 1000s of kilometres away!)

China should build that Oceanic Great Wall with a ‘string of pearls’ series of Naval Fortresses funded by billionaires – and yet still allow freedom of navigation to all non-military ships as per the law of the sea, though building on Chinese sovereign territory would be illegal. Oil and gas are already finished as energy paradigms and China should waste no time developing plasma, tesla or rechargeables based around solar.

China slams Japan’s move over Diaoyu Islands – by Yang Jingjie (Global Times) – 11:14, March 28, 2012

China Tuesday condemned Japan’s registration of one of the four islands near the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea as its national asset, slamming Tokyo’s move as “unlawful and invalid.”

“Any unilateral move surrounding the Diaoyu Islands and its adjacent islets taken by Japan is unlawful and invalid, and cannot change the fact that the islands belong to China,” foreign ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said.

“China will continue to take necessary measures to firmly safeguard sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands and the affiliated isles,” Hong said, reiterating that the Diaoyu Islands and other affiliated isles have been an inherent part of Chinese territory since ancient times, and China holds indisputable sovereignty over them.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura announced Monday that one of the four islands near the Diaoyu Islands had been registered as a national asset by Tokyo.

Japanese officials said the registration is unlikely to be applied to the three other islands because “they are owned by civilians,” the Kyodo News Agency reported. Last August, Tokyo placed 23 uninhabited islands under state control, but the four islands near the Diaoyu Islands were exempted out of consideration for China, Kyodo added.

Liu Jiangyong, a deputy director of the Institute of International Studies at Tsinghua University, told the Global Times that Japan’s move is part of its recent efforts to further demonstrate its territorial claims in the area.

“It can also be viewed as a probing activity to test Beijing’s reaction, as Japan might try the same trick to register other islands in the area as its state assets in the future,” Liu said.

The latest move came after Tokyo named 39 isolated, uninhabited islands earlier this month, including some of the Diaoyu Islands, which already drew strong objections from China. On the following day, China’s State Oceanic Administration released standard names and descriptions of the Diaoyu Islands and its affiliated isles.

On March 16, a Chinese maritime surveillance fleet consisting of two patrol vessels arrived in waters near the Diaoyu Islands for a regular patrol, but was followed by a Japan Coast Guard patrol ship. Despite tensions, Liu said territorial disputes between China and Japan are still manageable.

“We might witness more confrontations between maritime units of the two countries in the waters near the Diaoyu Islands due to reinforced surveillance efforts by both sides, but the use of force is unlikely,” Liu said.

Xu Tianran and agencies contributed to this story

Ishihara’s shenanigans continue – Updated: 2012-07-05 08:15 – by Yin Xiaoliang ( China Daily)

Over the weekend, Shintaro Ishihara, the governor of Tokyo, announced that he would advertize his campaign to “purchase” China’s Diaoyu Islands in the New York Times.

Since the right-wing politician announced in April that his city prefecture was negotiating with the Japanese “owner” of the Diaoyu Islands in the hope of “buying them by the end of this year”, he has collected 1.3 billion Japanese yen ($16.34 million) for his campaign.

With his ridiculous campaign, Ishihara has attempted to take advantage of anti-China sentiment in Japan to boost his political reputation and solicit more support. He said he planned to form his new party.

In so doing, Ishihara is obviously promoting Japanese “ownership” of the islands. Japan calls the islands which it illegally annexed from China, its “inherent territory”. It even stubbornly claims that there is no dispute over its sovereignty. This stance has been widely upheld in Japanese textbooks and the Japanese media and seriously misled Japanese public opinion about the ownership of the Diaoyu Islands. The historical and legal evidence proves that the Diaoyu Islands have been China’s territory since ancient times.

Actually Ishihara is just trying to stand out in the domestic political struggle by making use of China and Japan’s territorial dispute over the Diaoyu Islands. Ishihara’s farce has created trouble for the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, which is not adept at diplomacy and embattled at home.

On Monday the DPJ’s Ichiro Ozawa and his supporters resigned from the party in protest at a sales tax hike. Ozawa is known as the “shadow shogun” because of the considerable power and influence he wields behind the scenes. Ozawa said he would form a new party, which might be a heavy blow to the Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and may lead to a lower house election this summer.

The consumption tax bill that would double the rate to 10 percent by 2015, which was submitted to the House of Representatives by Noda’s cabinet, has already divided the DPJ. And the party has been heavily criticized for its handling of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis and Japan’s battered economy following the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. So if a lower house election is held, it’s hard to say whether the DPJ will stay in power.

Ishihara sees the changing political landscape in Japan as a chance to make political gains. It is now much more difficult to find major differences between the two major political parties and Ishihara is seeking to push himself to the forefront of Japanese politics with his shenanigans.

As a notorious representative of Japan’s right-wing, Ishihara has issued irresponsible remarks about Sino-Japanese relations on many occasions. But his campaign to “buy” the Diaoyu Islands threatens to hijack Japan’s diplomacy toward China and is casting a shadow over bilateral ties.

However, while winning support from extremist Japanese politicians, Ishihara’s provocative campaign has also encountered opposition from more sensible Japanese politicians. Uichiro Niwa, Japanese ambassador to China, warned that the implementation of Ishihara’s plan will result in a profound crisis in Sino-Japanese relations. He said Japanese government should not allow decades of efforts to improve ties between the two countries be ruined because of Ishihara’s political ambitions.

But despite the fact that the China-friendly forces in Japan are being marginalized, we should also not be excessively pessimistic about the prospects for Sino-Japanese ties. The growing interdependence between the two countries means Japan will return to a rational stance in its dealings with China at some point.

With the continuous rise of China’s economic power since the start of the 21st century, East Asia has witnessed a never-before-seen era in which China and Japan are both big powers in the region. Both countries should looked at the other’s economic and social development in a rational way and defuse mutual structural contradictions to forge a “strategically reciprocal” harmonious relationship. Politicians from both countries should strive to handle the Diaoyu Islands dispute more cautiously when the two countries celebrate the 40th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral diplomatic ties.

The author is a researcher with the Institute of Japan Studies, under the Tianjin-based Nankai University. (China Daily 07/05/2012 page9)

ICCR Notes :

Diaoyo could become a ‘Monaco’ of sorts (perhaps a Principality in preparation for re-Umperialisation of China?) with Chinese characteristics. The above organisation has sent interest in buying the Diaoyu Islands from Yilan county of Taiwan Province, People’s Republic of China for the specific cultural purpose of reviving the Dragon-Throne of the Imperium Sinensis. Please note the comminique from the Council of Regency to the rightful owner below :

Communique from the Council of Regency to the Taiwan administration.

We believe that Ishihara will be disappointed in this illegal claim, and that the bid will go to ICCR or a suitably deserving party as the CPPCC deems fit. ICCR’s work to revive the Imperium of a nation 66.8 times larger than Japan is far more important than the Democratic Party of Japan’s attempt at neo-colonial activities especially when the atrocities and holocausts of WW2 have not yet been atoned for.

China urges mutual trust with Japan as survey shows negative attitudes (People’s Daily Online) 08:42, June 21, 2012

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei at a regular press briefing. (File photo/ Foreign Ministry of China)

BEIJING, June 21 (People’s Daily Online) — A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman on Wednesday urged China and Japan to enhance mutual trust as a recent survey reveals negative attitudes between the people of the two countries.

Spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks at a regular press conference when asked to comment on the result of the survey.

The survey, jointly sponsored by the Chinese English newspaper, China Daily, and Genron NPO, a Japanese think tank, shows 84 percent of ordinary Japanese people harbor negative attitudes toward China, while the proportion of Chinese people that have a negative impression of Japan also remains high. China and Japan should observe the principles of the four political documents signed between the two countries and safeguard the healthy and stable development of bilateral ties, said Hong.

The four political documents, namely the Sino-Japanese Joint Statement, the China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship, the Sino-Japanese Joint Declaration and the Sino-Japanese Joint Statement on Advancing Strategic and Mutually Beneficial Relations, serve as the bedrock for developing bilateral relations.

“The two countries should try their best to do everything that contributes to bilateral mutual trust and firmly oppose anything that damages mutual trust,” he said.

China hopes the people of our two countries will improve their attitudes toward each other, so to consolidate the social foundation of bilateral relations, said the spokesman.

ICCR Notes :

The above shows the short memories and lack of national pride on at least 2 sides. Then the insecurity, turncoat invitation of foreign forces into the ASRAN region, and lack of ASEAN oriented approach (not so much) and a helplessness to allow being ‘led’ by Western powers which hhave turned on former allies and exhibited a lack of ethics. You don’t crawl to a colonial power that wanted to colonise your country without showing a very corrupted lack of a healthy sense of nationalism. China in general has not tried to colonise and only claims territories that were acceptable during the pre-1911 era before WW2 broke out. If WW2 did not break out, the same territories would remain under Chinese control and China would still not be interested in harrassing anyone.

What the various parties are doing is profiting off WW2 which has also seen the same illegal claims nations being abused by Western or Japanese powers in WW2. This is a poor showing by everyone claiming pre-WW2 dominions obviously agreed upon. China gains the moral high ground here and should regard the pawn-mentality types appropriately as well as ‘retaliate’ with equally ‘peaceful’ games in Central America. No hard feelings, ‘just returning the favour’, could well be better for ensuring a multipolar world, something the whole world would be pleased to see. Do not talk about provocation or ‘worry’, but take charge by being ‘peaceful’ and ‘navigating’ in Central and South America.

Japan and South Korea can continue embarrassing themselves by holding meaningless wargames which only beget similar war games in either coasts of Central and South America.

First Sino-Vietnam expressway expected to open in 2013 (Xinhua) 08:09, June 11, 2012

KUNMING, June 10 (Xinhua) — The first expressway linking southwest China’s Yunnan Province and Vietnam will open to traffic next year, local authorities confirmed Sunday.

The 600-km journey from Kunming, provincial capital of Yunnan, to Hanoi, capital of Vietnam, will be reduced to six to seven hours from 12-plus hours, according to the provincial communication department of Yunnan.

China and Vietnam will be connected by expressway once construction on a 250-km expressway is finished in Vietnam, and linking the countries via expressway will greatly reduce transportation costs and boost the regional economy.

China and Vietnam started upgrading local expressways and roads to connect the cross-border expressway in 2008 and 2009, respectively, the department said.

The expressway is part of Yunnan’s Bridgehead Strategy, which aims to build a social and economic corridor toward South Asia and Southeast Asia. The mountainous province borders Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam.

Three other cross-border highways leading to Thailand, Myanmar and India are also under construction.

ICCR Notes :

Let there be a neo-Imperial renaisance in the whole Asian region . . . a brighter future for mankind and the planet.

Delayed apology, delayed justice (People’s Daily Online) 16:16, June 21, 2012

After the U.S. Senate passed a bill to apologize for the “Chinese Exclusion Act” on Oct. 6, 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives also passed a bill on June 18, formally apologizing for the Act.

This is a delayed justice. The U.S. Congress had voted through the “Chinese Exclusion Act” in 1882 to restrict the rights of Chinese in the United States and prohibit them entering the state, which is extremely rare in the history of the world and also a great shame to the United States which has been flaunting the human rights. The world has waited for 130 years to hear the apology from the United States.

At the beginning of the 19th century, there were not too many Chinese living in the United States. Because of the construction of railroads, a large number of Chinese workers began entering the United States. To the Chinese workers, it was reasonable and legitimate to enter the country to seek a livelihood under the legal proceedings of China and the United States. To the United States, it urgently needed foreign laborers to develop the western region. It can be said that the Chinese had participated in a mutually beneficial cooperation.

These Chinese had made great contribution to the development and prosperity of the United States but were heavily discriminated against when the country entered the economic downturn. The whites shouted the slogan that “do not give Chinese any job opportunity” and the Chinese Exclusion Act was finally passed in 1882. The shadow of the Act had covered on the head of overseas Chinese for many years.

The founding principle of the United States is that all men are equal, which has become a national faith and moral standard for the country to make propaganda and education in the world. However, beautiful words should be proven with practical action to win the genuine respect of the international community.

Relative to the beautiful ideal of natural human rights, the actual situation in the United States was not so satisfactory. Although the United States established the democratic republican system, the African slave trade was not suppressed; instead it became even more rampant along with the development of cotton cultivation in southern area. Although the black slaves finally got free at the cost of the life of a president, racial discrimination and segregation are still common in the real life. This is the underlying reason why Martin Luther King and other human rights activists called on a racial equality 40 years ago.

Today, the Chinese elites are emerging and China is getting increasingly powerful, which is another background for the United States to make an apology. However, we know that the apology for the “Chinese Exclusion Act” does not mean complete elimination of discrimination. It is a long-term process to eliminate the invisible discrimination and fully respect the Chinese Americans and other ethnic minorities.

The development of human rights has experienced more than two centuries of twists and turns in the United States. Today, how to properly treat all ethnic minorities’ aspiration for equality remains a disputed topic. How to equally treat the legitimate interests of other countries and regions about development and security is a test of U.S. government’s concept of equality. The United States still has much room for improvement and introspection in these aspects.

In the last 20 years, the United States has made a series of repentances. In 1993, the U.S. Congress made an apology for occupying Hawaii 100 years ago. In 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives voted through an act, asking the U.S. Congress to apologize for some historical problems including slavery and racial segregation. In 2011 and 2012, the House of Representatives and the Senate respectively made an apology to China for its “Chinese Exclusion Act.” The United States had made many mistakes on its developing road but now it began to correct them one by one. We hope it can learn a lesson and genuinely respect others when dealing with their own ethnic relations and the international affairs.

ICCR Notes :

Perhaps some trading concessions (face giving policies) commensurate to and directly relayed (but not necessary through a Chinese government party in order for USA to save face) by either involved companies on US or Chinese sides to the families of those who suffered that do need the aid? Much like Japan could compensate Korean Comfort Women, an apology backed by nothing, is just words to those who need the funds, the wealthy would feel exhonerated but the poor who suffered from the policies have lost tremendously and suffered quality of life drops that concessions as mentioned above would be very considerate to apply. The beneficiaries would be the poor Chinese in such overseas Chinatowns, no-one else. How about that USA? Show that your words are backed with concrete actions. This further action would show though, that American exceptionalism is alive and well.

China faces long-term regional annoyances (Global Times) 08:38, July 04, 2012

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said Monday he may ask the US to deploy spy planes over the South China Sea to help monitor disputed waters in the region. The US Department of State did not say whether the US will respond to the request. The Philippines suffered a setback during the Huangyan Island conflict with China, but it will not back down on the issue. China will be pestered by the Philippines, Vietnam and other countries over the South China Sea for a long time.

The world has entered a stage in which small countries can make trouble for big powers. If these island disputes had happened in imperial times, they would have been handled in a much easier way. China may have many ways to teach the Philippines a lesson, but we must not easily use them. This does not mean China is showing weakness. The US, the most powerful country in the world, has the strength to strike those countries it deems as “evil,” but it has to seek approval from the international community.

The Philippines and Vietnam do deserve to be punished. If they go to extremes in their provocations against China, it is likely that they will finally be punished through means including military strikes. However, China definitely will be very cautious in making such decisions. The world today is very complicated, and the international environment is undergoing profound changes. China has many strategic opportunities, but is also faced with many dilemmas. China is a country with great development potential. This determines not only China’s strategic potential, but also the current international system’s continued restraint of China.

The public is becoming increasingly confused over what China’s most pressing issues are. Chinese frictions with neighboring countries have been a major focus of foreign affairs in recent years, but such frictions do not pose a strategic threat to China. The key point that can decide China’s future is obviously not the same as what public opinion is most concerned about. A country should clarify its thoughts and firmly follow them, but this is easier said than done, because its development will face constant domestic and foreign disturbances. The Philippines and Vietnam are obviously disturbing China. They are not part of China’s international political ambitions, but China must not let their disturbance go unchecked. The right policy might be to tell them our bottom line and avoid a war of words with them, but teach them an unforgettable lesson when it is time to hit back.

ICCR Notes :

A string of pearls should solve the problems . . . high tech naval and submarine fortress bases dotting the South China Sea region at intervals and clear declarations on the above principal based pre-WW2 facts at UN, NAM and to the nations will be China’s final word and action to quell all nuisances on these issues. Prepare that ‘Plutocrat Sequestered Liquid Wealth Requisition Bill’ (compensate these ‘contributions/requisitions’ with deserving honorary military ranks, appropriate titles with accompanying immunities, and rights of access perhaps naming and inauguration rights – though not operational access – to the new bases and any ships, I’m sure a healthy Regatta culture could arise from this intitiative . . . ) before the scenario worsens from sheer inaction and timidity of the CPPCC or Red Army in communicating with the Chinese neo-Plutocracy that would not be possible without the might of the PLA! Long live Fatherland China! Long live the Eternal Dynasty!

China, Japan ‘can lead the way’ – by Ding Qingfen, Chen Jia and Li Xiaokun in Tokyo (China Daily) 08:14, July 02, 2012

China and Japan should work closer together amid the deepening European debt crisis to tackle regional and global economic problems, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said in a letter addressed to a key forum on Sunday.

The prime minister also emphasized that China’s further development will translate into opportunities for the world’s third-largest economy.

“China’s rapid economic growth means opportunities for the international community, including Japan,” Noda said. “Not only should both countries strengthen economic and trade cooperation, but they should also join hands to tackle regional and global issues and contribute to global peace and prosperity,” he added.

Noda made the remarks in a letter read out during a banquet at the launch of the Beijing-Tokyo Forum which is being held in the Japanese capital from July 1 to July 3.

The forum, cosponsored by China Daily and Genron NPO, a Japanese think tank, has been held alternately, in Beijing and Tokyo, since 2005.

The annual gathering is one of the most significant platforms for communication among high-level non-government institutions from the two countries. This year’s forum is being held under the theme “Future-Oriented China-Japan relations in a Global Perspective”.

This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan.

China’s export growth has been slowing down, due to Europe’s debt woes. In Japan, despite plans to spend 20 trillion yen ($252 billion) to rebuild areas devastated by the 2011 earthquake, industrial output fell for the second straight month in May. Zhao Qizheng, head of the foreign affairs committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, said both governments should enhance cooperation to counter the global economic crisis.

ICCR Notes :

Will the 9th Throne act appropriately to complete the circle? Long live Fatherland China.

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