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Japan to Carefully Consider Stationing Officials on Disputed Islands

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Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said the new Japanese government will carefully consider stationing officials on the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in a interview on December 28, according to JiJi Press, a Japanese news agency.

Kishida's Liberal Democratic Party, which was recently returned to power after being sidelined for three years, promised to consider placing officials on the disputed islands during the campaigning leading up to the December 16 elections.

While such a move would further damage relations between Japan and China, Jiji reported  Kishida as saying any decision would be done in a “careful and realistic manner, and from the perspective of national interest.”

Jiji also reported that Japan had asked the United Nations not to consider China’s claim that the islands belong to Beijing because of China’s extended continental shelf.



The islands have been a source of major tension between the two Asian powers, and on December 25, Japanese media reported that Tokyo had scrambled fighter jets over the East China Sea after reports of a Chinese marine surveillance plane in disputed airspace near the  contested islands.
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Kishida also addressed an ongoing dispute over islands claimed by Japan and Korea.

He said the government would consider holding government-sponsored ceremony on February 22, also known as “Takeshima Day.,” according to JiJi. Takeshima is the Japanese name for the South Korea-controlled Dokdo Islands, which Tokyo claims.

The decades-long simmering dispute between Japan and Korea  has been mostly dormant until recently.

South Korea has maintained a presence on the islets since 1952 when its coast guard was dispatched to the rocks nearly equidistant from the Korean peninsula and the main Japanese island of Honshu.

Japan also finds itself in a lingering territorial dispute with Russia over the southern Kuril chain (which Japan calls its Northern Territories). They have been in Moscow's hands since the end of the Second World War.

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by: @ Seato from: Aus
January 05, 2013 12:42 AM
@ Seato

You are correct in your comments. That's the unfortunate of wars and Individual Country self interest.
Having said that I also have to correct you here. The Qing Dynasty had to cede Diaoyu Island(Senkaku) to Japan after the Sino-Japan War under the Treaty of Shinomoseki but this was return to China after the WWII.
With regard to Vietnam as I have said that was an unfortunate consequence of war with the South Vietnam Government but the representative of Democratic Republic of Vietnam had acknowledged and affirmed that those islands are China territories and if you claim that Vietnam is a puppet of China, sound unbelievable here. I agree with you that Vietnam used to pay tribute to China but that was history now.
If you have checked the China stand it has always been one of to negotiate rather than to use force and even with the conflict in the middle east and in the Japan case when Japan unilaterally nationalized China Dioayu Island China did not use force to regain it but instead ask Japan to return to negotiation of their wrong doing.
Unless I have missed an event that China has used force to attack other nations I will be more than happy to hear it from you.


by: SEATO
January 04, 2013 1:35 PM
@Jonathan: You are right about one thing.South China Sea would eventually fall into Chinese hands if the Vietnamese government keeps making concessions to China in return for her support to keep their regime alive.Vietnam has always been the barrier against Chinese expansion to the South.If Vietnam connives with China,it is just a matter of time the whole region would fall into Chinese control.The Senkaku is a tougher bone to swallow;the Japanese won't let you walk all over them.You just can't claim everything based on history.On the same line America could claim the Philippines and they would be in direct conflict with China over the Scarborough Shoal then,if they really want to play this game your way


by: Jonathan Huang from: canada
January 04, 2013 12:38 PM
@ seato, whatever you say, as long as the USA ally and democratic Taiwan is still claiming the whole South China sea and Diaoyu island, those sea and islands then belong to Chinese, period!
astalavista Vietnam, go over throw your Vietnamese government first or just say good by to south China sea.


by: SEATO
January 04, 2013 3:05 AM
@Redcliff: Pham Van Dong was a North Vietnamese prime minister.He was not a representative of Republic of South Vietnam.His statement regarding China's 12 nautical mile borderline had no legal rights whatsoever South Vietnam's sovereignty.Besides he was just a Chinese puppet;he would do say anything to get the Chinese military aide for North Vietnam's war efforts.Didn't America once recognise Taiwan as the only and legal representative of China until they switched sides,recognising the PRC instead and kicking Taiwan out of the UN? Didn't the Qing Dynasty sign Taiwan over to Japan in 1895 and can Japan claim Taiwan based on that agreement? You can not claim that someone else's property belonging to you simply because your friend who falls out with him,backs your statement.China has always been an insatiable land grabber


by: Redcliff from: Aus
January 03, 2013 10:46 PM
Well the previously North Vietnam is now the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and is the legitimate representative of the Country Vietnam. Although I sympathized with you of your loss of your South Vietnam you have to face the fact that Dung's word and his government is the mouth piece of Vietnam.

You should get over it and accept this fact until Vietnamese in Vietnam decide to over-throw his government.

Another thing I am sure you know how to google and get information to satisfy yourself of the facts and evidence on the ownership of the Spratly Islands. At least this would satisfy your misunderstanding, do not depend on others to feed you information you might be surprised in what you discover.

So get off your lazy bum and do something.


by: Jonathan Huang from: canada
January 03, 2013 8:33 PM
@Remie from: Canada, yes China already showed evidences enough to prove China's sovereignty of SCS, and those evidences were showed in many cases including the UN summit, south east asia summit. But someone pretend not seeing those evidences.
And like I said, a very simple way, just look why the map from Taiwan and the map from China are identical? ROC (Taiwan) published the modern South China sea map in 1947 with the famous U dash lines.
Like most of people said they trust democratic government more than dictatorship government. Taiwan is US ally and democratic, Vietnam was US's enemy and dictatorship. Why you choose not to trust democratic Taiwan this time? Funny! As long as South China sea belongs to Taiwan, it belongs to Chinese! not to Vietnamese. Period.


by: Remie from: Canada
January 02, 2013 10:38 PM
@redcliff
Like I said China please please do not hide all your stong evidence and present it to world that Spratly belong to China. Silently, we all wait and still no proof just "ancient time". Yes Dung , was not trusted because he was from Communist North Vietnam which at that time had China support. He tried to please his comrade. His statement was not ligitate because Spratly BELONG to Democratic South Vietnam.

I did google what u said and it show that China was't the last to claim those island for a very long long time, and anybody can go to any specific period in time and make their claim. Therefore, like I said, show your proof to the world WHAT is China afraid of? NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE
Last but definitly not least, CHINA is claiming almost ALL of sea (cow tongue or horseshoe) . You got to be joking how GREEDY and AROGANT


by: Redcliff from: Aus
January 02, 2013 7:32 PM
@ Remie from Canada

If your comment is correct about Dung Vien corrected his statement and said that he was wrong then he is not one that cannot be trusted. After all he is a representative of Democratic Republic of Vietnam and do backtrack his commitment to Country is not short of a disgrace.
There are numerous documents historical as well as current that confirm the Spratly Islands are China and by other Countries as well. I suggest you google and read over them before you made unfounded accusation.


by: SEATO
January 02, 2013 11:41 AM
I am not a historian,but I know for fact China is a big liar and bully.A country that has no respect whatsoever for human values,safety and freedom,where all the powers and wealth are shared out exclusively by some blood-thirsty,heartless communist princelings. Remember the millions of Vietnamese,Tibetans,Turkestanis,Mongolians and Chinese that communist China has killed over the years.

Did China ever admit that they had a role in the butchery of 3 million Cambodian under Pol Pot? No.Wasn't China involved in all these communist movements throughout the world that killed millions more? China never regrets one bit and they still think that they have the rights to colonise other countries since Europeans had done so in the past.Outrageous! You've got blood on your hands yourselves,so stop blaming Japan for all their WW2 crimes.At least Japan has come clean while China is still committing crimes against humanity now and proud of it, in their quest for world domination.Chinese history is full of trash,lies and mythical splendours.That's why China has to resort to force,threats to coerce their neighbours into recognising their greedy,unreasonable and unproven territorial claims


by: Remie from: Canada
January 02, 2013 8:24 AM
@redcliff.
Like I told u if ur evidence( china) is so true,why not present it to world. Second when Dung Vien said it was china, he had no right to because back when he quote the comment Vietnam was not one country . Rather it was North Vietnam and South Vietnam which he was from North. He also corrected his statement and said he was wrong but yet your propaganda left that part of history out. Like I said so much proof , but yet china doesn't present, WHY? Figure it out , it must be a whole lot of FICTION

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