The title of a recently released Bloomberg article is “China Seeks PEACEFUL (?) End to Island Dispute as Japan PLEDGES (?) Calm” (Web-site/URL: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-17/u-s-official-calls-for-cooler-heads-in-japan-china-island-spat.html).
“China said it wants to settle territorial issues peacefully as Japan pledged to respond with calm in their dispute over islands both nations claim in the East China Sea”.
“Disputes should be resolved through DISCUSSIONS (?), China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in comments posted on the ministry’s website yesterday (January 19, 2013)”. Is CHINA WILLING to “discuss” things with anyone when it comes to the DIAOYU (Chinese) Islands?
“While Japan WON’T make any concessions over the islands (obviously), it will “respond CALMLY (?)” so as NOT to provoke China, Fumio Kishida, the new Japanese foreign minister, said Jan. 18 (2013) after talks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington”. “not to provoke?” CHINA HAS ALREADY BEEN “provoked” to a DANGEROUS level.
“Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who took office last month (December 26, 2012), is boosting defense spending in response to China’s INCREASINGLY ASSERTIVE (and BELLIGERENT) claims to the UNINHABITED JAPANESE– controlled islands called Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese. The conflict has damaged a $340 billion trade relationship and PROLONGED Japan’s recession, while stoking (i.e. stir up) U.S. concerns of AN ESCALATING CONFRONTATION” that should have involved NO ONE OTHER THAN China and Japan. Let’s also note that SHINZO ABE is now back as JAPAN‘s Prime Minister, after an earlier stint between September 26, 2006 and September 26, 2007 reinforcing how UNSTABLE Japan’s government has been over the last decade (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinz%C5%8D_Abe).
“in a speech, which he was unable to deliver in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, because he cut short his visit on Jan. 18 (2013)”, Abe said: “Japan’s national interest lies in keeping Asia’s seas “UNEQUIVOCALLY OPEN, free and PEACEFUL (?)” This is already NOT “peaceful”. Recently (October 10, 2012), a man (Li Jianli) was beaten up for DRIVING A JAPANESE CAR (Web-site/URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/11/world/asia/xian-beating-becomes-symbol-of-nationalism-gone-awry.html?_r=0). We can only say ONE thing about this. This is an example of EXTREME Chinese nationalism: WHAT A DISGRACE.
“according to an e-mailed transcript of the prepared speech, issued by Japan’s Foreign Ministry”, “The seas must be “governed by laws and rules and NOT by MIGHT”, CHINA‘s favorite way of doing things: the “force and pain technique” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“in his comments yesterday (January 19, 2013) in response to a question from an unidentified journalist about Abe’s remarks in Jakarta”, Qin said: “We HOPE that Japan will follow the HISTORICAL (?) trend, take responsibility and make efforts toward stability and development in Asia”. This is what China IS NOT doing. “follow the HISTORICAL trend?” Qin is acting like HE has been around for 5000+ years. THIS IS RIDICULOUS.
“China signaled it MAY be seeking to reduce tensions over the issue. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei on Jan. 17 (2013) said China attaches “GREAT IMPORTANCE” to its relationship with Japan and wants to resolve the dispute through dialogue, while reiterating CHINESE sovereignty over the islands”. “China attaches “great importance” to its relationship with Japan” IF and ONLY IF CHINA GETS ITS WAY, making this the latest example of Chinese politicians acting “Superior”, a fundamental characteristic of “Difficult People” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“Abe has called China “an ESSENTIAL partner for economic growth” while INSISTING (that) THERE IS NO question of sovereignty over the islands. The U.S., while saying that IT TAKES NO POSITION over the sovereignty issue, has repeatedly said the islands fall under its mutual defense treaty with Japan” and the Chinese are FURIOUS (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/china-rebukes-clinton-comments-disputes-islets-090943140–business.html), AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“According to a State Department transcript”, Clinton, after meeting with Kishida, said: .“The U.S. WANTS TO see China and Japan “resolve this matter PEACEFULLY through DIALOGUE”. Again this dispute is already NOT “peaceful”. Recently (October 10, 2012), a man (Li Jianli) was beaten up for DRIVING A JAPANESE CAR (Web-site/URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/11/world/asia/xian-beating-becomes-symbol-of-nationalism-gone-awry.html?_r=0). Also, there have been MANY instances of CHINESE people vandalizing JAPANESE shops over this RIDICULOUS dispute (Web-site/URL: http://kotaku.com/5943762/ok-tensions-between-china-and-japan-are-getting-serious).
“Clinton said the U.S. applauded the steps already taken by Abe’s government to “REACH OUT and BEGIN DISCUSSIONS” with China”. Abe has been invited to Washington in the third week of February to meet with President Barack Obama”. However, the problem is CHINA ISN’T WILLING to “reach out and discuss” anything relating to the SENKAKU islands with Japan.
“after his meeting (with Clinton)”, Kishida said: “The security environment in the Asia Pacific region is becoming EVER MORE CHALLENGING and DIFFICULT”. The Japan-U.S. alliance must be reinforced “in all areas” to ensure peace in the region (Asia)”. Again, there has already been VIOLENCE “in the region” because of THIS SICK FEUD over these islands.
Finally, “Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell said Jan. 17 (2013) in Tokyo that the U.S. has “conveyed privately our desire for QUIET (?) diplomacy and EFFECTIVE (?) diplomacy to take place”. This “diplomacy” has been ANYTHING BUT “quiet”. Also HAS THIS “diplomacy” been “effective?” Again this is open to INTERPRETATIONS (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “He spoke after meeting with Foreign Ministry officials”. “WE’VE MADE VERY CLEAR (?) our desire to see COOLER HEADS PREVAIL and the maintenance of PEACE and STABILITY”, “adding that the U.S. wants Japan to settle a similar feud with South Korea. There surely AREN’T many “cool heads” in CHINA right now, especially when it comes to the DIAOYUs (what the Chinese call these disputed islands). We also have to wonder IF China’s feud with South Korea will be as NASTY as the one that it’s currently embroiled/engulfed in with Japan. We can also mention China’s feud with THE PHILIPPINES over the SCARBOROUGH SHOALS. Perhaps these will be EVEN NASTIER.
To conclude, let’s return once again to the title: “China Seeks PEACEFUL (?) End to Island Dispute as Japan PLEDGES (?) Calm“. This is FAR FROM being the case, especially “China seeks PEACEFUL End to Island Dispute”.