By Yu Runze,Sina English
Activists from Hong Kong landed on Diaoyu Islands at around 16: 30, on August 15, 2012. After their landing, Japanese police detained five of them charge d with “illegal entry”.
Over the years, Chinese activists have tried many times to land on Diaoyu Islands, but all the moves have been intercepted by Japanese side. The successful landing on August 15 was no exception. When the fishing vessel entered the water off the Diaoyu Islands, it was encircled and collided by Japanese Coast Guard patrol ships.
Considering the size and number of Japanese Coast Guard patrol ships, Chinese activists could have been foiled once again. However, the activists managed to set foot on the Diaoyu Islands. Japan might well intentionally let go the activists, analysts doubt.
Jiang feng, chief editor of a Japan-based newspaper called New-generation Overseas Chinese, believed that the concession might be a conspiracy.
“Firstly, the activists were arrested by Japanese police after their landing, which signals that Diaoyu Islands were actually controlled by the Japanese . Secondly, the landing also delivered a false message to the Japanese right wingers and those who have been calling for the revival of militarism specter. Thus, Chinese landing on the Diaoyus might be taken as a pretext by Japan to send troops to garrison the Diaoyu Islands,” he said.
China and Japan should deal with the issue carefully, Jiang said,both governments should avoid taking extreme measures on this issue which could sabotage Sino-Japanese relations.