Tue, September 25, 2012
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Without sincerity, Japanese envoy will go home empty handed

2012-09-25 03:56:19 GMT2012-09-25 11:56:19(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun (2nd L) holds talks with Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Chikao Kawai (not pictured) on bilateral relations, especially on the issue concerning the Diaoyu Islands, in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 25, 2012. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Chikao Kawai (3rd R) holds talks with Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun (not pictured) on bilateral relations, especially on the issue concerning theDiaoyu Islands, in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 25, 2012. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun (2nd L) holds talks with Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Chikao Kawai (2nd R) on bilateral relations, especially on the issue concerning the Diaoyu Islands, in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 25, 2012. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

By Yuan Yue,Sina English

As requested by the Japanese, China agrees to receive Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Chikao Kawai to visit from Sept. 24 to 25, to hold talks with Zhang Zhijun, Vice Foreign Minister of China, on bilateral relations, especially on the issues centered round the Diaoyu Islands. During the consultations, China will state its solemn position on the Diaoyu Islands issue, urge the Japanese to correct its wrongdoing and make efforts to improve ties.

At present, Sino-Japan relation is under great pressure, according to Shi Yinhong, a professor at the School of International Studies with the Renmin University of China, "Japan hopes the two sides can both 'take a step back', but right now, we don't see any possibility of substantial concession on the Japanese side.

"And therefore," Professor Shi says, "I don't expect the visit would serve to mitigate the tension between the two countries.

Before Japan's "nationalization" of the Diaoyu Islands on September 10th , Japan sent to China its vice Foreign Minister Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi, who delivered a personal letter written by the Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to the Chinese President Hu Jintao, and he was also received by senior Chinese officials.

"But it turns out that to some extent, Japan's move to China is deceptive," explains Professor Shi, "as Yamaguchi definitely did not disclose Japan's determination to 'nationalize' Diaoyu Islands."

Professor Shi does not think the outcome of this visit would be optimistic.

"There is now a serious confrontation between the two countries. The counter measures by the Chinese government and the boycott by the Chinese people have already spelt grave damage for Japan," Shi adds. "However, we have not seen any sign from the Japanese side to cancel its 'nationalization', nor to make any concession."

"We need to keep communication, for sure; but this visit could do very little to relieve the tension."

The General Debate of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly is about to start on Sept. 25 at the UN Headquarters in New York. Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi will lead a delegation to attend the debate and deliver a speech, in which Yang will present China's views on the current international situation, major international and regional issues, and introduce China's efforts to maintain world peace, promote common development and international cooperation.

Recently, Japan's aggravating tension with China and South Korea, as a result of territorial disputes, put it exactly, a mass brawl that Japan is now bogged down in, has raised concerns around the world. In this regard, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expresses his hope that the state leaders could use this opportunity to "resolve disputes and conflicts peacefully".

But according to Japanese media, Noda will continue his tough and uncompromising stance. He would probably state his claim over the Diaoyu Islands at the General Debate, analysts say, in a hope to solicit support from the United States, Vietnam, the Philippines, and other allies—and moving further, to push the Diaoyu Islands issue onto the international arena.

China urges Japan to abandon illusions

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun and Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Chikao Kawai had a candid and in-depth exchange of views over the Diaoyu Dao Islands dispute in Beijing on September 25, according to a statement released by China's Foreign Ministry after their meeting.

"Diaoyu Dao and its affiliated islands have been China's sacred territory since ancient times, as historical and legal evidences have shown," Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun pointed out.

"The Japanese side, however," Zhang added, "has disregarded the repeated and stern representations made by the Chinese side, denied the important understanding and consensus reached between the older generation of leaders of the two countries, and openly took the illegal actions of 'nationalizing' Diaoyu Dao in defiance of historical and legal evidences."

"These acts constitute a gross violation of China' s territory. They are highly offensive to the 1.3 billion Chinese people, and gravely trample on historical facts and international law." Zhang was quoted as saying.

Zhang urged the Japanese said to abandon their illusions, face up to its erroneous actions and correct them with credible steps, and recommit itself to the consensus and understanding reached between the two countries, so as to bring China-Japan relations back onto the right track of sound and stable growth at an early date.

The two sides agreed to maintain consultations on the issue of Diaoyu Dao Islands.

China issues white paper on Diaoyu Dao, asserting indisputable sovereignty

The Chinese government issued a white paper on Diaoyu Dao Tuesday, asserting its indisputable sovereignty over it and its affiliated islands.

Diaoyu Dao and its affiliated islands are an inseparable part of the Chinese territory, it is China's inherent territory in all historical, geographical and legal terms, and China enjoys indisputable sovereignty over Diaoyu Dao, the white paper says.

The white paper, titled "Diaoyu Dao, an Inherent Territory of China", was released by the State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China.

For quite some time, Japan has repeatedly stirred up troubles on the issue of Diaoyu Dao. On September 10, 2012, the Japanese government announced the "purchase" of Diaoyu Dao and its affiliated Nanxiao Dao and Beixiao Dao and the implementation of the so-called "nationalization". This is a move that grossly violates China's territorial sovereignty and seriously tramples on historical facts and international jurisprudence, the white paper says. Full story

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