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Legal basis of China’s indisputable sovereignty over Diaoyu Islands

(People's Daily Online)

16:28, August 21, 2012

Liang Yunxiang, a professor of School of Internationl Studies, Peking University of China at People’s Daily Online.(File Photo/ People's Daily Online)

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

On Aug. 21, Liang Yunxiang, a professor of School of Internationl Studies, Peking University of China elaborated on the legal basis of China’s indisputable sovereignty over Diaoyu Islands during an online exchange with netizens at People’s Daily Online.

People’s Daily Online: The Japanese right-wingerss landed on Diaoyu Islands under the excuse of holding a ceremony for people who died in World War II. What do you think of this excuse? Why didn’t they conduct this landing operation directly?

Liang Yunxiang: Japanese government didn’t allow Japanese to land on the Diaoyu Islands at their will so they had to find an excuse. Recently many frictions emerged over the Diaoyu Islands, which attract more and more attention from Japanese. This time Japanese activists conducted this landing operation targeting Chinese activists’ landing on the Diaoyu Islands under the excuse of holding a ceremony for dozens of people who were attacked and killed by U.S. fighters in July 1945, which was a historical fact.

People’s Daily Online: According to reports, the United States and Japan will conduct a joint military drill aiming at occupying and protecting the Diaoyu Islands. How do you comment on this drill?

Liang Yunxiang: In fact the United States and Japan have frequently conducted military drills including islands related operations. Though Japan and the United States have declared that this drill is not related to the Diaoyu Islands issue, it is obviously a lie. In such a sensitive period the drill is obviously aimed at China.

People’s Daily Online: According to reports, Japan rejected the solemn representation made by Cheng Yonghua, China’s ambassador to Japan, saying that Chinese activists are the first who landed on the Diaoyu Islands. But at the same time Japan does not agree with the Japanese activists’ landing on the Diaoyu Island. How should we understand Japan’s statement?

Liang Yunxiang: The statement makes Japan’s stance clear. On one hand, Japan emphasizes that it has the sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands so China’s representation is unacceptable to Japan. As Chinese activists landed on the Diaoyu Islands first, the Japanese landing operation is a response to that. On the other hand, Japanese government does not appreciate the Japanese activists’ landing operation as it is only a civil act without the permission of Japanese government.

Japanese government′s behavior shows it claims the sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands but at the same time, it does not hope the civil acts would over-stimulate China and damage the relations with China.

Read the Chinese version: 钓鱼岛主权归属的法理依据


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