No peace in sight in the dispute between Japan and China

Posted on September 15, 2012


“We need to teach a lesson to Japan”

No peace in sight in the dispute between Japan and China at five uninhabited islets in the East China Sea: Beijing sends ships and sonicated the riffs with patriotic slogans By Johnny Erling.
The newspaper seller wants to know directly, “Is there war?”. An answer he does not wait. “We’ve got to Japan because of the Diaoyu Islands issue a lesson.” Even the greengrocer around the corner fully expects a battle.

A few years ago he had no idea where that claimed by Beijing and Tokyo archipelago that China “Diaoyu” and Japan called “Senkaku” is at all.

Even at the food stand in the little street right in the center of Beijing Sanlitun is the menacingly escalating conflict by five uninhabited reefs and rock formations deep in the East China Sea suddenly heated conversation topic.

“Japan has crossed the red line”

Local newspapers have fueled the headlines with their emotions: Japan should be punished, it is consensus because there since Monday the “dixian” (red line) have been exceeded. Tokyo had announced the three major islands of the five Japanese their previous private owners buy out for the equivalent of 20 million euros and to nationalize. Deal of the island was a “farce to offend China,” he was “illegal” and “null and void.” Beijing’s highest known politicians as if in a tiered ranking first and color against the island purchase. On Friday, the so-called mass organizations turn came. On behalf of 250 million members of the First Trade Unions protested with “extreme anger”, then just as outraged the women’s association.

China sonicated archipelago

The orchestrated propaganda campaign now follow the harder moves. Beijing’s navy sent two organizations with a total of six patrol boats going to the more than 200 nautical miles distant islands are under Japanese control.

They lie between Taiwan and Japan. Friday morning arrived in China only lightly armed naval forces in the waters off the islands at the edge of the 12-mile zone and sonicated the reefs with patriotic slogans: “Diaoyu has always been China,” before returning withdrew.

China’s sovereignty was demonstrated visibly and audibly, proudly spread the CCTV state television. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda threatened that his government “will take all measures to ensure safety of the islands” in return.

Tokyo’s foreign ministry ordered a Chinese Ambassador and protested against the violation of its territorial waters. The ownership of the islands are also very highly controversial because of her rich fishing grounds and the seabed gas and oil reserves are suspected.

Conflict also provides international complications

Although the military maneuvers calculated act, the region is concerned about the sudden escalation. The tense situation mixture can slip out of control easily.

Japan’s Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba and Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto, who are visiting Australia warned that China’s navy before entering into the Diaoyu waters.

Australia’s Foreign Minister, Bob Carr said he wanted to obtain any position in the island dispute. He urged all parties to find peaceful solutions. The USA do not want to argue for or against any party.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, however, before his visit to Beijing next week first make a trip to Japan, the Kyodo news agency reported. The U.S. could be drawn into the conflict automatically, as its security pact with Japan extends to the Senkaku Islands.

Situation can easily spiral out of control

Even within the Chinese can easily get out of control situation. So far, small groups demonstrate in front of the residence and the Japanese Embassy in Beijing. Some actions also seem grotesque. On Thursday, Beijing’s nouveau riche drove in a convoy of Ferraris and Porsches with labels such as “The Islands belong to us” before. China’s middle class demonstrates patriotism.

The end of August had only made two BMW and Audi drivers sensation. On the fourth ring road in Beijing, they stopped the car of Japan’s ambassador and tore off his standard.

The two later arrested said they reacted spontaneously, when they saw the hated banner. Japan’s Shanghai consulate has since reported sporadic attacks on Japanese. One was scalded by an attacker with a bowl of boiling noodles.

Chinese boykottierne Japanese products already

Chinese policymakers want the delicate transitional phase of their country, in a new leadership is elected, not regarded as Japan’s friends. This explains why the Vice Minister of Commerce Jiang Zengwei showed public understanding calls for a boycott of Japanese products.

It is the right of the customer, “as long as they express their views in a reasonable way to express”. Japanese car-seller To have slumps. China decreases 20 percent of Japan’s exports. It led in the first half of a 2012 Japanese products for about 74 billion U.S. dollars.

China is also dependent on Japan’s market, exported in the first half of 2012 for $ 91 billion of goods to Japan. This affects especially tourism.

Trip to Japan canceled

Only China’s largest tourism group for trips to Japan, Kanghui, the country has 5,500 travel agencies, canceled all his planned mass travel for 50,000 Chinese who he wanted to end of September to send the 40 year celebrations of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries to Japan. China’s People’s Daily reported the news on its front page.

The party newspaper, published as well, an extensive documentation to prove the basis of historical travel narratives, surveys and imperial edicts since 1403, that the Diaoyu Islands “by the Chinese people first discovered, were named and used.”

Ironically, the documentation also occur even the Japanese, although Tokyo relies on his property claims only on the 1895th At that time it was annexed by the islands off him as unclaimed territory, something which China denies again, citing Japan.

Commemoration of the Japanese invasion of China

All signs point to escalation, especially since the 18th September with the commemoration of 1931 marks a particularly sensitive date. Then fell Japanese troops in North China.

Your attack was a prelude to the 14 years lasting Sino-Japanese war of resistance, in which the Japanese committed unimaginable atrocities and war crimes under China’s civilian population. Now not only utilized this memory on the bilateral relationship.

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