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China, Japan need cooperate along both lines

(People's Daily Online)

17:09, July 10, 2012

Edited and translated by Yao Chun, People's Daily Online

Recently the Diaoyu Islands dispute becomes more and more sharp. It seems that China and Japan have fallen into the strange circle that if this issue cannot be resolved the bilateral ties will not advance any more.

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the normalization of Sino–Japanese ties China and Japan should celebrate the advances that the two countries have achieved in politics, economy, culture, security among other areas as well as reflect the positive and negative lessons in the development of bilateral relations.

However some Japanese politicians consider the 40th anniversary as an occasion to destroy Sino-Japanese ties and create a series of farces such as “Buying and investigating Diaoyu Islands ” , converting this important anniversary into a year of frictions and retrogression.

It should be recognized that the Diaoyu Islands dispute had existed before the normalization of Sino–Japanese ties in 1972. When the boats collision incident happened in 2009, the Diaoyu Islands dispute had co-existed with the development of bilateral ties for about 37 years. This Islands debate is not all of Sino-Japanese ties and cannot be settled immediately.

Except the Diaoyu Islands dispute, there are many other mutual beneficial works and tasks, in which China and Japan should cooperate in a down-to-earth manner. So it would be rational if we treat Japan along both lines simultaneously:On one hand we should promote the resolution of this dispute through cooperation, exchange and dialog; on the other hand China should express its strong determination in safeguarding sovereignty on the Diaoyu Islands, implementing a reasonable, advantageous and elegant strategy making Japan understand the consequences of its provocations and farces.

The 40th anniversary of the normalization of Sino–Japanese ties gives us a lesson that quarrel and cooperation should be treated separately. China should hold a firm stance in safeguarding its sovereignty and make continuous efforts in both resolving Diaoyu Islands dispute and develop Sino-Japanese ties. Though at present the bilateral relationship has been inevitably affected by Japanese “Buying Islands” comments, we still hope that this year can be a year of review and commemoration. But this needs the sensible response from Japanese side.

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