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Time for Japan to end its farce of 'buying Diaoyu'

(People's Daily Online)

08:20, June 14, 2012

China and Japan have learned enough lessons in the 40 years after the China-Japan relations were normalized. Regarding the Diaoyu Island issue, Japan must stop creating new troubles and safeguard the normal China-Japan relations in a practical way.

The farce of “buying the Diaoyu Islands” launched by the Governor of Tokyo, Shintaro Ishihara is getting fiercer, including raising funds, submitting the proposal, congressmen's inspections, a fishing competition and congress' inquiry. The planners of the farce and their supporters are actually implementing the so-called “plan of buying the Diaoyu Island” by taking political measures. This scheme is becoming more obvious and China must pay close attention to it.

The farce of “buying the Diaoyu Island” is extremely ridiculous. No matter how hard Shintaro Ishihara and his supporters perform, they will not be able to change the historical fact that the Diaoyu Island and its subsidiary islands are China's inherent territory and China has the indisputable sovereign on the Diaoyu Island and its subsidiary islands.

In the beginning of the farce of “buying the Diaoyu Island,” the Japanese government kept a certain distance to it. But later, its attitude changed: First, it declared that the possibility that the Japanese central government buys the Diaoyu Island is not excluded, then, it strictly warned the Japanese ambassador in China for his statement of opposing “buying the Diaoyu Island,” and now, it even plans to use patrol ships of the Japan Coast Guard to convey the “fishing competition.” All these measures are already not preparations but actual performances.

The farce of “buying the Diaoyu Island” has a background of Japan's political game playing, but its nature is Japan's self-indulgence of disturbing the normal China-Japan relations. This farce is based on the so-called “strategic anxiety” of Japan. In recent years, Japan's political situation is chaotic, economy is depressed, and public always blame the government for “doing nothing.” The farce of “buying the Diaoyu Island” has the sense of raising Japan's morale by taking a bold move and also has the intention of strengthening the sense of the so-called “China's strategic threat.”

In the 40 years after the China-Japan relations were normalized, the China-Japan relations have achieved a significant development, but also have experienced many twists, and the two counties have learned enough lessons. In order to promote bilateral cooperation, the two countries must have firm political and strategic mutual trust. The Japanese side must respect China's core interests and key concerns and carefully, properly deal with relevant issues, and insist on the correct development direction of the China-Japan relations. Regarding the Diaoyu Island issue, Japan must stop creating new troubles and safeguard the normal China-Japan relations in a practical way.

Read the Chinese version: 日本“购岛”闹剧当休矣
, source: People's Daily, author: Zhong Sheng

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