China’s behaviour over Diaoyus similar to Russian annexation of Crimea, says senior Japanese official


Yasutoshi Nishimura attended a Hong Kong financial conference. Photo: AP

Yasutoshi Nishimura attended a Hong Kong financial conference. Photo: AP

The Japanese official seems to have some wisdom to know the similarity. The greatest similarity is that Russia is willing to fight a nuclear war for Crimea and so is China for the disputed islands. That is what he fails to see.

When tension intensified between China and Japan over the islands and the US might interfere, China unexpectedly made public its strategic nuclear submarines to show its nuclear second-strike strength. That indicated its determination even to fight a nuclear war for the islands. I wonder why lots of people including that official fail to see that.

The West initiated the crisis in Ukraine but ends up losing Crimea and being threatened of further loss of Eastern Ukraine. The US who could not even conquer Iraq or Afghanistan, is certainly unable to take military action for Ukraine against Russia.

The Japanese official seems to fail to see that.

Like the Ukraine crisis that was initiated by the West, the tension over the disputed islands was initiated by Japanese government’s purchase of the disputed islands.

That is really similar

If China takes the disputed islands by force and the US fails to interfere, Japan’s annexation of Liukiu (Okinawa) will be under Chinese threat like eastern Ukraine. China will publicize with a vengeance Japan’s shameful history of annexing Okinawa by a massacre of 300,000 Liukiu people like it does the Nanjing Massacre.

That is again similar.

There are certainly great difference between the Ukraine crisis and the tension over the disputed islands. Russia gave Crimea to Ukraine as a gift while Japan grabbed from China and annexed Taiwan including the disputed islands by defeating China in the first Sino-Japanese war. Taking back a gift already given is quite different from recovery of lost islands in a previous war through the victory of a later war–World War II.

The following is the full text of SCMP’s report “China’s behaviour over Diaoyus similar to Russian annexation of Crimea, says senior Japanese official”:

Senior Japanese official says Beijing action over Diaoyus is similar to the annexation of Crimea

China’s attempts to snatch the Diaoyu Islands away from Japan are similar to Russia’s behaviour in seizing Crimea, a senior Japanese government official told the South China Morning Post.

“It does look like China, on the back of its power, unilaterally tried to change the status quo. That’s our interpretation,” said Yasutoshi Nishimura, the senior cabinet office vice-minister.

“That is almost tantamount to what is currently going on in Crimea, with Russia amalgamating with Crimea.”

A bitter diplomatic stand-off has brewed between Beijing and Tokyo over the sovereignty of the East China Sea islands, known as the Senkaku Islands in Japan, since late 2012 when the Japanese government bought them from their private owner.

The tensions have stoked international concern over the chance of an accidental confrontation between the two countries – the world’s second-largest and third-largest economies after the US – as Japanese and Chinese fighter jets and patrol ships shadow each other around the disputed territory.

Nishimura is responsible for helping to craft economic policy as part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to kick-start the economy through a three-pronged reform strategy known as Abenomics.

Speaking through an interpreter, Nishimura reiterated his government’s position that the disputed islands were an integral part of Japan.

He said the two countries should go “back to basics” and establish a “mutually beneficial strategic relationship”.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told the Post in an interview earlier this month that he hoped a “candid exchange of views” would lead to high-level talks to resolve their differences.

Nishimura was in Hong Kong to attend the Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference and promote Japan to foreign investors possibly wary of a country with a two-decade-long record of deflation and anaemic growth.

Yesterday, he gave a presentation in English to investors and analysts where he outlined reforms in agriculture, immigration, management of the state pension fund and healthcare.

Attempts by previous governments to reform these sectors ended in failure after hostile reactions from powerful industry and bureaucratic lobbies.

He also detailed government plans to subsidise kindergartens to help women build careers and to allow foreign trainees to enter selected industries.

“It is really now or never. We have to carry out sweeping reforms. There may be a lot of resistance,” Nishimura said.

Source: SCMP “China’s behaviour over Diaoyus similar to Russian annexation of Crimea, says senior Japanese official”

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