Diaoyu issue gets more complex
Updated: 2013-09-10 07:19
By Liu Qiang (China Daily)
The dispute between China and Japan over the Diaoyu Islands intensified after the Japanese government decided to "purchase" them last year. Japan insists there is "no dispute", which has escalated tensions between the two countries.
Because of the Diaoyu Islands dispute, China-Japan relations have become more complicated and could have a serious impact on security and stability in East Asia. So it is in the interest of both countries to properly deal with the Diaoyu Islands issue and prevent their relations from deteriorating further. Doing so would also help establish long-term stability in the region.
To peacefully resolve the issue, Japan has to understand the nature of the Diaoyu Islands dispute and should not rely on US support to counter China's claim over the islands.
But instead of doing that, the Japanese government made the irrational decision last year to "purchase" the Diaoyu Islands. After many fruitless protests and diplomatic negotiations with Japan, China began dispatching its ships on sovereign cruise in the waters off the Diaoyu Islands, and made the practice routine over time. Since Japan, too, has taken more actions trying to strengthen control over the islands, there have been some frictions between the two sides.
The Japanese government's decision to "purchase" the Diaoyu Islands is nothing but a farce. It's the outcome of its deep-rooted expansionist policy with the connivance of right-wing forces. The Japanese government's decision to "purchase" the islands is also aimed at tiding over its survival crisis.
There is no denying that Japan's actions reflect its arrogance and total disregard for history, and it is trying to use the Diaoyu Islands issue to overcome the hurdles on the path to becoming a "normal country".
Since last year Japan has also had frictions with other countries over territorial disputes, and tried to acquire the right to collective self-defense and dispatch its self-defense forces on overseas military missions.
It cannot be said with certainty that Japan has already taken the path of militarism. But if right-wing Japanese politicians continue distorting history and ignoring peaceful development, they could possibly revive militarism.