posted on Sep, 18 2012 @ 11:06 AM
reply to post by jude11
Thanks for the response Jude, appreciated. From there it prompted more research as to the timeline of 'ownership' of these particular islands.
1. The Chinese were first to write about the discovery of these islands back in the 15th century, although at that time they laid no claim on them.
2. Japan was the first to claim them and annex them into their territory in 1895. Note... they were the first and when they did there was NO dispute
over this action.
3. A Japanese businessman purchased the islands in 1900 establishing a business there which later failed. It was his heirs that currently sold the
islands to the Japanese govt. (which answers the question I posed in my first response in your thread)
4. The US took control of these islands when Japan surrendered in 1945 and returned them to Japan in 1972 after diplomatic ties were established
between China and Japan. (This is a correction to my previous post as I was under the impression US control of these islands was very brief, 27 years
of possession is not exactly brief, imo. LOL)
5. In 1969 oil and gas reserves were discovered on these islands (which supports your info to me about that being a cause for current tensions)
6. China, who until those reserves were discovered, never made one move to try to take possession on the islands and never disputed Japan's claim to
them being part of Japan.
Wiki source for above info
So, in conclusion I totally believe China to be in the wrong here. This has nothing at all to do with national pride it's all about the oil and gas
reserves. China has tried to make it into a 'national pride' issue because that is the strongest angle for them to come at this topic with. The
fact that a country not known for it's allowing of protests of any kind is allowing and pushing it's populace to protest should say alot. I just
hope they can handle the responsibility for llives potentially lost over this whole mess of stuff and nonsense and are willing to accept the blame for
any economic losses from the businesses being destroyed. (yeah I know... wishful thinking)
In this case it is so obvious for me to see the puppet strings being pulled to make the citizenry dance to the tune a government wihes. Looks as if
the Chinese are getting pretty good at taking pages from the Wests playbook in this aspect, *sigh*