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Japan Defies China Ultimatum!

Posted by feww on September 22, 2010

SICK OF CHINA’S EMPTY THREATS?

Japan to Jiabao: You Don’t Have the Balls!

Image of the day:


The detained Chinese fishing trawler is
flanked by two Japanese Coast Guard vessels during an investigation by Japanese authorities near Ishigaki Island in Okinawa Prefecture of Japan Sept. 12, 2010.  (Xinhua, File Photo). Image may be subject to copyright.

Chinese PM Wen Jiabao has demanded Japan ‘swiftly and unconditionally’ release the trawler’s detained captain.

Japan seized a Chinese trawler, and has held its Chinese captain and 14 crews in detention since September 7, after the boat collided with two Japanese coast guard vessels in waters off the disputed Islands, despite strong protests from China.

Chinese PM Wen Jiabao has demanded Japan swiftly and unconditionally release the trawler’s captain. But, Japan isn’t impressed.

The Diaoyu Islands have been Chinese territory since the early years of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Maps printed in Japan in 1783 and 1785 that marked out the boundary of the Ryukyu Kingdom show that the Diaoyu Islands belonged to China.

Jiang also said China has complete sovereignty and jurisdictional rights over the Chunxiao oil and gas field 450 kilometers southeast of Shanghai, adding that Chinese activities in the area are “reasonable and lawful.”

“Japan has extended the detention of the trawler’s captain to Sept. 29,” the report said.

Could this situation escalate, or would Japan blink?

The dispute arises from the two countries territorial claims over the Senkaku Islands (Diaoyu Islands in Chinese), a group of uninhabited islands situated northeast of Taiwan and west of Okinawa. The Japanese government says the islands are a part of Okinawa prefecture. The Chinese say the islands have been part of China’s territory since ancient times.

NOTES:

  1. Clearly, China doesn’t really believe in its own sovereignty claims over the islands; otherwise, why  pussyfoot about for so long?
  2. Japan’s deranged policymakers continue to remain in their delusional prewar imperial stupor.
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One Response to “Japan Defies China Ultimatum!”

  1. feww said

    JAPAN BLINKED!!
    See also:
    China demands Japanese apology as captain returns
    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE68I06520100924

    Chinese Trawler Captain Returns Home From Detention in Japan
    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-09-24/chinese-trawler-captain-returns-home-from-detention-in-japan.html

    Japan to free Chinese trawler captain
    05:55 AM Sep 25, 2010
    TOKYO – Japan said on Friday it would free a Chinese fishing boat captain whose arrest in disputed waters over two weeks ago sparked the worst row in years between the Asian giants.

    The news came a day after China said it was investigating four Japanese suspected of illegally filming military targets and entering a military zone without authorisation.

    Prosecutors cited the deepening rift between Beijing and Tokyo in their decision to release Captain Zhan Qixiong, 41, who was arrested after his boat collided with two Japanese coastguard vessels in the East China Sea.

    “Considering the impact on Japan’s people and the Japan-China relationship, we decided it would not be worth continuing detaining and investigating the captain,” said Naha district deputy chief prosecutor Toru Suzuki.

    In response, China reiterated on Friday that Japan’s detention of the captain had been “illegal and invalid” in the first place.

    The government was to dispatch a charter plane to bring the captain home, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said.

    The top spokesman for Japan’s centre-left Prime Minister Naoto Kan insisted that the decision was taken by prosecutors alone and not because of political pressure.

    But the conservative opposition was quick to lash out at what it saw as a loss of face for Japan.

    “It was an extremely foolish decision,” said former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of the Liberal Democratic Party, Jiji Press reported.

    “It was clear as day that it was an intrusion into (Japan’s) territorial waters. Japanese politics caved in to pressure from China.”

    In the ensuing row, China reacted angrily to the arrest by cutting off ministerial-level talks, with Premier Wen Jiabao threatening further unspecified actions if the captain was not released.

    Further ramping up tensions, China this week detained four Japanese nationals who were working on a bid for a project to clear up chemical weapons left behind during the Japanese occupation in World War II. China accused them of entering a restricted military zone and “illegally filming defence targets”.

    Analysts in both countries said the captain’s release would immediately ease tensions.

    “This move allows the Chinese to save face,” said Mr Tsuneo Watanabe, a senior fellow at the private Tokyo Foundation. “The one straight demand from the Chinese side was for the captain to be released.” NEWS AGENCIES

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