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Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba on Tuesday said that the Diaoyu Islands will be included in a security and cooperation treaty between Japan and the US, in a decision worked out with his US counterpart Hillary Clinton, the Jiji Press reported. This is not the first time Japan has made these kinds of statements but given the timing, after a series of incidents that inflamed tensions over the islands, analysts see the reiteration of these remarks as escalating confrontation between China and Japan.
"The US has adopted a double standard on the Diaoyu Islands. On the one hand, the US claimed that the Diaoyu Islands are included under its bilateral treaty with Japan and on the other, it said it won't take any stance in the dispute," Wang said, adding that Japan's repeat of the statement will certainly provoke confrontation with China.
The uninhabited and long-contested Senkaku Islands, controlled by Japan but claimed by China, have again turned into a flash point amid Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s recent proposal to buy the territory from a private Japanese landowner. China sent three ships to the area last week as an apparent response, prompting a protest from Japan.
“From [the] Chinese perspective, no matter whether the Tokyo metropolitan government or Japanese government purchases the Diaoyu Islands or nationalizes them by other means, it’s still a step to consolidate the legality of Japan’s control and jurisdiction,” Zhou Yongsheng, deputy director of the Japan Study Center at China Foreign Affairs University, wrote last week in the Global Times. “China won’t indulge such behavior, and will inevitably take strong countermeasures.”
A Chinese Communist Party editorial said last week: ''Each time Japan takes one step, we should take 1½, or even two, steps forward, making Japan aware of the grave consequences caused by its aggression against China.'' Any of these measures would inflame tensions with Japan and intensify anti-China sentiment. This would help neither the two countries nor the region.
Originally posted by behindXtheXveil
Id like to think we (the US) wouldn't get involved, but I am sure we would even though it isn't really our business.. sticking our nose where it doesn't belong is our specialty
Originally posted by damingus
Curious as to why this is in the WW3 section. Do you think this will spark WW3? Just curious...
The U.S. will try to sit down with both sides before getting involved in kind of conflict. We have enough to worry about in the ME right now. Getting involved with the conflict eventually drags the Koreans in and the last thing we need is our military spread even thinner than we already are. Or is this part of China's plan?
# January: On 21 January 2012 Diet lawmakers Koichi Mukoyama and Yo#aka Shindō surveyed the islands by ship and later stated that the islands, several of which are still private property of Japanese citizens, needed to be fully nationalized. Their visit was the first by national politicians since 1997.
# March: On 16 March, the PRC sent maritime patrol boats Haijian 50 and Haijian 66 to patrol near the Senkaku Islands, with foreign ministry spokesman Liu Weimin announcing that the move was to help safeguard the PRC's territory and that the islands were part of PRC's territory. The crew of a nearby Japanese coast guard vessel stated that the Haijian 50 entered Japanese territorial waters for 25 minutes and warned the ship to leave. A Japanese government spokesman later stated that the ship had not actually entered Japanese waters, but the Japanese government lodged an official protest with the Chinese ambassador to Japan, Cheng Yonghua. According to the People's Daily 21 March 2012, an unnamed official of the State Oceanic Administration stated that the PRC intends to patrol the Diaoyu Islands in order to challenge a potential future Japanese claim to the islands based on the international 50-year standard "statute of limitations" for claiming possession of a territory.
# 7 July 2012: The Japanese Prime Minister stated that these islands are an integral part of his country and the Government is considering their purchase from the Japanese owner.
# Three Chinese patrol vessels entered the disputed waters around these islands on 11 July 2012. On 15 July 2012, Japan recalled their ambassador to China to work on the response to the transgression.