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Japan’s actions over Diaoyu Islands will backfire

By Jiang Feng (People's Daily Online)

16:45, February 01, 2012

During the Chinese Spring Festival, the Japanese government took a new move by planning a series of name changes for 39 nameless islands, some of which are part of the disputed Diaoyu Islands.

According to Japanese media reports, Japan has already named four islands near the Diaoyu Islands, and claimed that 49 of 99 remote islands in its exclusive economic zone had no name. It named 10 of the islands in May 2011, and has been considering the names of the remaining 39 islands since last November.

As an old Chinese saying goes, “Judge people by their deeds, not just by their words.” During Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s visit to China last December, the sudden death of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il made Noda drop the plan of claiming the Diaoyu Islands as Japanese territory during talks with top Chinese officials.

In order to coordinate with China, Noda called himself a “son of Japan-China exchanges,” and said that a peaceful North Korea serves the common strategic interests of both China and Japan. However, shortly after the visit, the Noda administration violated China’s sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands. Japan’s move to intensify the sensitive boundary dispute will hurt the feelings of the Chinese people, and fuel the mutual political distrust between the two countries.

Noda, the son of a soldier in the Self-Defense Forces, has long claimed that he has a unique way of ensuring national security. When he was a congreeeman of the opposition party, he made a proposal requiring the government to officially identify the Diaoyu Islands as Japanese territory.

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Ming at 2012-02-1796.250.106.*
I am a Chinese student studying in the U.S., and though America has many great qualities, the Diaoyu Islands are simply not Japanese territory. America should not allow fear to blind it to true justice. I don"t understand why Japan refuses to back down...
PD User at 2012-02-07203.218.78.*
I do not see why the US needs to award Japan for all the killings in Asia and the Pearl Harbour by giving the Diaoyu Island as a gift after World War II. It is a deliberation of the US to destabilize the region. We have no immediate need of the islands. Japan can strangle its own people and reduce its medical and social welfare for remilitarization and guard our territory for the time being. Let"s start boycotting Japanese goods!
James at 2012-02-06219.213.126.*
The islands belong to Japan. Period, point blank. End of story.
PD User at 2012-02-04144.132.101.*
Most Chinese are peaceful people and I am one of them living in Australia. We can all seriously help to get the Diaoyu Island back in Chinese hands by boycotting all Japanese products. This is a very powerful weapon and we should be united around the world to inflict serious harm to he Japanese industries. I have already started boycotting Japanese goods years ago. So I call upon all Chinese aorund the world to act (Just Do It) and stop complaining about the Chinese Government, they are doing a great job.
PD User at 2012-02-04216.113.222.*
The only thing worse than disputed sovereignty is war. I am glad the Chinese government is more responsible than commenters here. A mere glance at a seabed map shows clearly that those islands should be Chinese. They will be, in time, without a disastrous war.

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