The title of a Yahoo! article released on February 1, 2013 is “Japan BOOSTS DEFENSE as some in China and Taiwan agree on disputed islets” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/japan-boosts-defense-china-taiwan-agree-disputed-islets-213311935.html).

“Mainland Chinese WILL SUPPORT the Taiwanese people ‘because the Diaoyu Islands are a part of CHINAwhether that’s Beijing or Taipei’, says a member of Beijing’s federation of activists who oppose Japan’s claim”. This is interesting.

According to Shane Lee, “a political scientist at Chang Jung Christian University in Taiwan”, “At this particular time, all sides will JUST TAKE THINGS AS IS, including the US, which will TRY TO CALM EVERYBODY DOWN (?)” “calm everybody down?” This is clearly NOT happening, especially in CHINA. “The dispute, he says, “COULD TAKE (?) decades to solve”. THIS HAS ALREADY “(taken) decades” so it will (“take)” A FEW MORE “decades”.

FEW (?) predict a war, but analysts say leaders in each claimant government stand to GAIN from FUELING the dispute“. “fueling the dispute”, of courseCOULD lead to a war or A NASTY CONFRONTATION at the very leastHowever, it certainly SEEMS LIKE this “dispute” is being “fueled” by CHINA (Web-site/URL: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443816804578001683049259330.html).

“Japan wants A WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH  the world’s No. 2 economyChina. but also needs to STAND UP TO Beijing for the home audience”.

According to Scott Harold, “associate political scientist at the RAND Corps, an American think tank”, “What they do has to STRIKE A DIFFICULT BALANCE between CALMING Beijing and STANDING UP TO Beijing”This WILL INDEED be a “difficult balance”.

According to Huang Hsi-lin, “crew member and chairman of a Taiwan-based alliance to claim the islets“, “When I got back, a lot of people came up to me and told me that they thought Japan’s act was TOO EXTREME” We can say the same thing about CHINA. “We plan to MAKE ANOTHER MOVE”, making this another example of the “force and pain technique”AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).

According to Zhang Likun, “member of Beijing’s federation of activists who OPPOSE Japan’s claim”, “The mainland Chinese masses will SUPPORT THOSE Taiwanese because the Diaoyu Dao are part of China, whether that’s Beijing or Taipei”but whether TAIPEI is a part of China continues to be a hot-button/HIGHLY contentious issueAlso “Diaoyu DAO” is another part of this CIRCUS because dao is the CHINESE word for “island”.

Finally, Harold finished off: Tacit (implied) cooperation with Beijing on [the] maritime island dispute is viewed by SOME in Taiwan as a way to say to mainland [China]we’re showing good faith so DON’T pressure us move ahead on steps toward REUNIFICATION right now’”.

This conclusion is another one of those easy, but INTERESTING onesTHIS TIMETaiwan is TEAMING UP WITH China AGAINST Japan even though as we knowChina and Taiwan have their own long-running disputes, most notably over WHETHER TAIWAN IS A PART OF CHINA OR AN INDEPENDENT COUNTRY.


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