China, Japan still in diplomatic row over Diaoyu Islands (2)

08:44, November 01, 2010      

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In order to reverse the diplomatic failure by former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, the Democratic Party of Japan headed by Naoto Kan is attempting to regain trust from the United States by distancing China and reinforcing the Japanese-US alliance, Lü Yaodong, director of the Institute of Japanese Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times.

The hawkish force is quite powerful in the current Kan administration, putting Sino-Japanese relations at risk of being strained, said Wu with CASS.

Following a meeting with Maehara in Hawaii on Thursday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the Diaoyu Islands, known in Japan as the Senkaku Islands, fall within the scope of the US-Japan security alliance.

In response, China expressed its serious concern and strong dissatisfaction with Clinton's remarks by saying that the Diaoyu Islands have been an integral part of Chinese territory since ancient times, and China has indisputable sovereignty over the islands.

"The Chinese government and people will never accept any word or deed that includes the Diaoyu Islands within the scope of the US-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security," a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said.

Wu said the US intends to strike a balance in its own interests and contain the stronger country in the region.

"The US has taken the Japanese side this time because the conflict between China and the US is stronger than that between Japan and the US," he said, adding that the US is more concerned about a coordinated China-US relationship and frequently acts as a mediator between China and Japan.

Guo Qiang and agencies also contributed to this story
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