Diaoyu Islands: a pro-Chinese view
Posted by Charles II on August 16, 2015
China Daily (XinHua News):
The short feature [Diaoyu Islands, the Truth, by Chris D. Nebe] holds the view that “the real Diaoyu Islands conflict goes from the so-called administrative rights of the United States. After the Second World War, instead of returning the islands to China, the United States claimed ‘administrative rights.’ In 1971, America gave the islands back to Japan, ignoring China’s long-standing claim.”
In the last part of the film, Nebe asserts that “America can quell the tension by encouraging his Japanese ally to return the Diaoyu Islands to China and apologize to Chinese people for the war crimes of Imperial Japan.”
A lot of it is re-hashing Japanese war crimes, which indeed should never be forgotten. It takes 30 minutes to get to the meat of the issue.
Nebe’s view is that hundreds of years ago, envoys of the Chinese emperor discovered the Diaoyu, and that the Chinese of that era were not rapacious imperialists, so they deserve the islands. But there’s no evidence that I know of that the Chinese were interested in the islands before they became important with regard to claiming offshore oil, fisheries, and shipping lanes.
My own view is that this region should be declared a world site dedicated to rescuing the people displaced by global warming. Japan became an aggressive empire in large part because it lacked resources and feared being overwhelmed by the American and Russian empires. China was weak and therefore easily devoured– as had done the western powers before them.
Now China is becoming strong, and increasingly imperialistic. There is clearly fear of Chinese hegemony in Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Phillipines, Vietnam, and other Asian nations. Will China do the right thing and seek a solution that reassures its neighbors? Or will it continue to press to gain absolute control over territory in order to exploit resources and control shipping?
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