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US press calls Japan’s claim of Diaoyu Islands “shameful expansionism”

An aerial picture shows the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea. Photo: AP

Historical records show that Diaoyu Islands have been administered as part of China since they were discovered in 1372, and Japan’s false claim is “shameful expansionism” and “a reincarnation of the imperialist state”, US press San Jose Mercury News revealed.

In this special piece of opinion, Ignatius Y. Ding pointed out that it’s the Chinese who first discovered the Diaoyu Islands in 1372 and administered a cluster of eight islands for centuries until the Japanese annexed them and renamed them Senkaku in 1895.

Referring to the stipulations of the Podsdam Declaration and Cairo Declaration agreed by all participating nations after World War II, Ding mentioned that the Daioyu Islands belonged to China both historically and legally, but Japan failed to return, which ignited tensions over these islands between China and Japan in the last few months.

“Japan's false claim of its "discovery in 1884" of the Diaoyu Islands as uninhabited contradicts many of its own records, including a navigation map in a 1783 Japanese historical document published by the recognized Japanese scholar Hayashi Shihei clearly defining the area as part of China”, the article explained.

Ding further reminded the U.S. administration that “The U.S. has never recognized Japan's sovereignty claim, according to the U.S. Senate statement of record, and we must play no role in this dispute”.

Last week, Kurt Campbell, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, told a subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, "we acknowledge clearly . . . that Japan retains effective administrative control. . . and as such, clearly under Article 5 of the (bilateral) security treaty". This is usually interpreted as U.S.’s intention to stand by Japan when clashes broke out over the islands.

Ding urged the U.S. State Department to retract Campbell’s statement and not let the U.S. be dragged into this mess in which economic sanctions and military actions might be initiated by two nations. Speaking of the effects caused by the mounting tensions over Diaoyu Islands, Ding wrote in his article, “The conflicts will spill over into the U.S. and elsewhere, destabilizing international trade and global peace. The domino effects will be devastating.”

In his concluding words, Ding asserted that Japan’s claim of Diaoyu Islands was “shameful expansionism” when we looked back at Japan’s imperial ambitions in World War II. “The Diaoyu dispute is a reincarnation of the imperialist state,” he wrote.

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