By Zhao Wei, Li Hongmei, Sina English
According to a report by Japan News Network, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said on Thursday morning that Japan will never budge on its "sacred ownership” over the Diaoyu Islands.
The Diaoyu Islands "are an inherent part of our territory in light of history and also under international law," Noda told reporters at a press conference in a hotel in New York, "There are no territorial issues as such. Therefore, there cannot be any compromise that represents a retreat from this position."
Noda’s utterance, showing no compromise with China on Japan’s illegal unilateral decision on the Chinese Diaoyu Islands, will provoke stronger reaction of the Chinese people and dealt yet another harsh blow to the already chilled bilateral ties.
Additionally, Mr. Noda also called for “resolving territory conflicts peacefully in accordance with international law” when he addressed the U.N. General Assembly meeting on Wednesday.
In his UN speech, Noda stated any state has responsibilities to "protect peace, ensure the safety of its people, and protect its sovereignty, territorial land and sea," adding that Japan will fulfill such responsibilities in accordance with International Law.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang refuted Noda’s speech at the UN General Assembly, describing Japan’s move to take the rules of International Law on territory issues as self-deceiving.
Qin said that the ownership of the territory should be solved on the historical and legal basis. Some individual country has ignored the historical facts and international laws, openly violated territorial sovereignty of other countries, and openly denied the achievement of the world’s anti-fascist war.
"The country seriously challenges the post-war international order, but tries to take the rules of international law as a cover. This is self-deceiving. The country concerned must face up to history and earnestly abide by international legal principles, and cease all actions that infringe the territorial integrity and sovereignty of other countries," said Qin.
As is well-known, International Law is a set of rules binding for all, hence, no country, big or small, is supposed to bend the rules that have already been well accepted and recognized by the international community. Anyone who takes International Law as a fig leaf for its ugly ambition to retrace its fascist past will be hoisted with its own petard.