A senior Japanese official has said that China’s stance on the Diaoyu Islands is pretty much the same thing as Russia’s current digesting of the Crimea, because analogies are hip and nuance is for squares.
“It does look like China, on the back of its power, unilaterally tried to change the status quo. That’s our interpretation […] That is almost tantamount to what is currently going on in Crimea, with Russia amalgamating with Crimea,” said senior cabinet office Vice-Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura.
A slight flaw in the comparison comes up when one remembers that the Crimea has, you know, a few million Crimean people in it. The Diaoyus have a plethora of shrubs and a small population of Japanese domesticated goats, but it doesn’t quite match-up. This, of course, hasn’t stopped Nishimura from describing them as “an integral part of Japan.”
If the newly-formed ‘Federal Subject of the Russian Federation, Republic of Crimea’ is looking for a sister-city (and it plays pretty loose with the term “city”) then the Diaoyus welcome them with open arms.