Friday, September 13, 2013

Japan cannot afford to back down - The Nation

Wednesday marked one year since Tokyo placed the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture under state control. On 63 days during the past year, Chinese government ships have entered Japanese waters around the group of islands. Chinese aircraft have also intruded into Japan's airspace during that time.

On Sunday and Monday, two Chinese bombers and warships passed between Okinawa Island and Miyakojima. On Monday, an unmanned Chinese aircraft flew over waters off the Senkaku Islands, an incident that prompted an Air Self-Defence Force fighter to scramble. Such incidents could trigger an accidental conflict between the two countries.

One of the most important tasks facing Japan and China today is to rebuild bilateral relations. The two nations have close economic ties. They also need to promote cooperation in addressing such issues as North Korea's nuclear weapons development and China's environmental problems.

However, Tokyo cannot yield to Beijing over issues related to this nation's sovereignty. The Senkaku Islands - which China calls Diaoyu and Taiwan Tiaoyutai - belong to Japan from the standpoint of both international law and historical fact.

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Comment: Nuff said, that's ours, back off or WWIII here we come!!!

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