There is a gross sort of enjoyment to be found in reading vehement editorials fighting over uninhabited islands in the South China Sea. Beijing and Tokyo’s will-they-won’t-they bickering is essentially celebrity-watching for China folk, and the editorials are our People magazine. Herein, Shanghaiist humbly presents an Op-Ed duel between China’s über-nationalist Global Times and Japan’s Asahi Shimbun. Global Times on the left and Asahi Shimbun on the right, because that’s only fair. Shanghaiist in bold.
“Tokyo’s menace won’t intimidate China”
“China should withdraw unacceptable air defense zone”
Off to a good start with the headlines. Take no prisoners.
China’s new ADIZ [Air Defense Identification Zone] not only overlaps substantially with Japan’s long-standing ADIZ in the area, but it also encompasses the Senkaku Islands, which are Japanese territory.
It must be pointed out that Beijing set up the ADIZ with an aim to avoid frictions and conflicts. More than 20 countries have created their air defense identification zones and, in particular, Japan’s ADIZ has crossed the so-called “median line” in the East China Sea reaching only 130 kilometers from China’s mainland. Therefore it is indispensable for Beijing to include the Diaoyu Islands in the new ADIZ.
Sounds like there’s a lot of common ground here.
China emphasized the legitimacy of the creation of the air defense zone and reiterated its willingness for peace and stability.
Beijing’s unilateral act of establishing an air zone that overlaps with the neighboring country’s zone is totally unacceptable. China should reconsider and withdraw the measure on its own initiative.
It takes a lot of effort to make Global Times seem cool-headed, but Asahi Shimbun is trying its damnedest.
The U.S. government has swiftly denounced Beijing’s “unilateral action” on its ADIZ as “an attempt to change the status quo in the East China Sea.” That’s a natural response to the provocative act.
However, the US’ tough stance might turn out to become a catalyst for Japan to take further provocative actions against China on the East China Sea, instead of serving as a condition to prompt Beijing to alter its will and determination in establishing the ADIZ.
Damn you, Americans! Running dogs of imperialism! Purveyors of island-drama!
In addition to demanding that China retract the ADIZ, the Japanese government should make tenacious efforts to find a way to fix the broken channel of bilateral communications between the two governments. That is vital for preventing unexpected events that could have serious consequences.
The Japanese are too naïve if it believes China is a nation that can be easily frightened or deterred.
Well this sounds exactly like two cautiously-minded and reasonably powers that definitely won’t plunge the region into chaos over some chunks of rock.
Commentators, we know you usually hold back and keep your wild accusations to a minimum, but please let loose with this one.