Global Times: Bastion of free expression, Champion of rational thought. China’s lovely state-run rag has run yet another Op-Ed on the Diaoyu/Senkaku island
clusterfuck issue but this time (unlike the 132,543 nearly identical preceding Op-Eds) it’s pretty much entirely the US’s fault.
The entire article can be read here, but these are the important bits:
Since 1971 when more than 2,000 students from the mainland, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan launched the first protest to “defend the Diaoyu Islands” in front of the UN headquarters, Hong Kong non-governmental groups have been playing an active role by conveying the message that the islands belong to China and that the central government is unswerving in safeguarding their territorial sovereignty. […]
From a diplomatic perspective, Hong Kong activists’ assertion of China’s sovereignty over the islands is tied to Sino-Japanese relations. Their campaign efforts will get the best outcome with the full support of the central government. […]
The US is the initiator of the Diaoyu Islands issue. When Washington handed back the sovereignty of Okinawa to Tokyo in 1972, it also gave Tokyo the administrative jurisdiction of the Diaoyu Islands, completely neglecting Beijing’s objection. The US still plays a key role in the Diaoyu Islands issue.
Speaking as an American, I can say that our entire nation has been rapt with attention over the past year or so, desperately hoping to hear more about several uninhabited chunks of East-Asian rock.
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