[Japan Today] Japan ‘stole’ our islands, Chinese foreign minister tells U.N.

<Quote> [Japan Today]

China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi sparked angry exchanges with Japanese diplomats at the United Nations on Thursday by accusing Japan of stealing disputed islands.

Chinese and Japanese envoys staged a series of attacks after Yang heightened tensions over the East China Sea islands and reopened old diplomatic wounds over World War II.

The Japanese government’s purchase of the uninhabited islands from a private owner this month has infuriated Beijing and set off violent protests in several Chinese cities.

“China strongly urges Japan to immediately stop all activities that violate China’s territorial sovereignty, take concrete actions to correct its mistakes and return to the track of resolving the dispute through negotiation,” Yang told the U.N. assembly.

China has demanded the return of the uninhabited islands, known as the Diaoyu in Chinese and the Senkaku in Japanese, for decades. Taiwan also claims the islands.

Yang reaffirmed his country’s historical claim that Japan tricked China into signing a treaty ceding the islands in 1895. Japan states that the islands were legally incorporated into its territory.

“The moves taken by Japan are totally illegal and invalid. They can in no way change the historical fact that Japan stole Diaoyu and its affiliated islands from China and the fact that China has territorial sovereignty over them,” said the Chinese minister.

Japan’s move was in “outright denial” of its defeat in World War II, he added, reaffirming China’s repeated references to the 1939-45 war.

Yang and Japan’s Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba held stern talks on the dispute in New York on Tuesday, and Yang’s speech sparked sharp exchanges between Japanese and Chinese diplomats as each sought a right of reply.

Insisting that Japan legally incorporated the islands into its territory in 1895, Japan’s deputy U.N. ambassador Kazuo Kodama said that “an assertion that Japan took the islands from China cannot logically stand.”

Kodama added that the references to World War II were “unconvincing and unproductive.”

China’s U.N. envoy Li Baodong responded that “the Japanese delegate once again brazenly distorted history, resorting to spurious fallacious arguments that defy all reason and logic to justify their aggression of Chinese territory.”

“The Japanese government still clings to its obsolete colonial mindset,” Li added. “China is capable of safeguarding the integrity of its territory,” the ambassador warned.

When Kodama responded that the islands “are clearly an inherent territory of Japan,” Li returned to the attack. He said his Japanese counterpart “feels no guilt for Japan’s history of aggression and colonialism.”

The Japanese government’s purchase of the islands is based purely on “the logic of robbers,” he stormed.




  1. Could we hear more about how the “Law of the Sea” UN Treaty applies to this issue?

    It would be good to preview more facts in this case, rather than a bunch of prideful boasting. The Americans, themselves gave up claim on one or more islands in Alaska’s jurisdiction to the Russian Federation recently (iirc).

  2. The Japanese politicians have no idea how to back down nor escalate. This is will be really bad for the people of Japan.

  3. Hi, everyone, I’m just off my double shift at the donut shop and have ingested a lot of corn syrup, GMO probably, but I feel great. I just wanted to say, it is amazing how quick the Chinese are to lose it over these insignificant islands. Grrr, oh my. Lucky Japanese can now dig in and show their national resolve over nothing while their atomic Rome burns. Even if there is oil or gas nearby the islands, that will soon be gone. I had to laugh at the Japanese ‘incorporating’ these islands, bringing them into their corporation. The entire issue for Japan is a diversion to avoid looking at Fukushima and the damaged thyroids. To keep people from thinking about what really matters. And meanwhile the US bases its skull and bones sub fleet in not only Japan but especially Pearl Harbor, stolen at the point of a gun in broad daylight in 1893 by the US military and then illegally annexed without a treaty in 1898 as US territory.
    The Chinese live like rats in 80.000 worker factories which are now bursting into spontaneous riots. Wally Mart no longer buys merkin. But do he buy enuff China to keep the piece? It seems the same people who financed nuclear fission and exported the six sigma reactors to Japan, have owned the Iranian central bank, founded Israhell, occupy the City of London, mass produce lies in all their global media, and think they will get away with triggering WWIII. They started Communism and staffed the Bolshevik Revolution, they call the shots in America and China to a T. Shockingly, everything you were told about history has been a lie.
    Once you know how the game is played by them, would you be so willing to die over a bunch of useless islands that in all truth should be denationalized entirely and made world heritage sites for recreation and peace, managed by say the Tongans?
    On the plus side, sorta, Edano say screw the nuke idea altogether. OK now! We are talking.
    Alas, our world has been set up to fail by the same criminals at the top of the pyramid shown on the US Federal Reserve Note. Their fraudulent one hundred year contract runs out on Dec. 31, 2012. That is quite a coincidence.
    Maybe instead of silly diversions on meaningless issues like these islands, for giggles an international posse can arrest Bibi Netanyahu for overseeing 9/11 and 7/7 and threatening WWIII. Wouldn’t it be fun to see him before an international grand jury in a jumpsuit? What’s his real name again, Shmuel or something, I forgot, plus the corn syrup, wow.
    That was just a suggestion for a diversion from a diversion, and I feel like doing another shift so fond farewells my hardies.
    Bury a nuke plant and get free donuts from me for life.

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