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投稿者 びぼ 日時 2010 年 9 月 17 日 21:50:18: 0cYXJ4o7/SPzg

The New York Times
"Look Out for the Diaoyu Islands"

By NICHOLAS KRISTOF September 10, 2010


Tensions have erupted over some barren rocks in the Pacific that you may never have heard of, but stay tuned – this is a boundary dispute that could get ugly and some day have far-reaching consequences for China, Japan, Taiwan and the United States.

The islands in question are called the Senkaku chain by Japan, the Diaoyu islands by China, and the Diaoyutai by Taiwan. All three claim the islands, which are really just five islets and three barren rocks northeast of Taiwan, 200 miles off the Chinese coast. The latest confrontation occurred when a Chinese fishing boat collided with two Japanese naval vessels trying to intercept it near the islands. The Japanese detained the Chinese captain for questioning and the two countries have been exchanging indignant protests.

The reason to worry is that nationalists in both China and Taiwan see the islands as unquestionably theirs and think that their government has been weak in asserting this authority. So far, wiser heads have generally prevailed on each side, but at some point a weakened Chinese leader might try to gain legitimacy with the public by pushing the issue and recovering the islands. It would be a dangerous game and would have a disastrous impact on China-Japan relations, but if successful it would raise the popularity of the Chinese government and would also be a way of putting pressure on Taiwan.

The other problem is that, technically, the U.S. would be obliged to bail Japan out if there were a fight over the Senkakus. The U.S. doesn’t take a position on who owns the islands, but the Japan-U.S. security treaty specifies that the U.S. will help defend areas that Japan administers. And in 1972, when the U.S. handed Okinawa back to Japan, it agreed that Japan should administer the Senkakus. So we’re in the absurd position of being committed to help Japan fight a war over islands, even though we don’t agree that they are necessarily Japanese.

In reality, of course, there is zero chance that the U.S. will honor its treaty obligation over a few barren rocks. We’re not going to risk a nuclear confrontation with China over some islands that may well be China’s. But if we don’t help, our security relationship with Japan will be stretched to the breaking point.

So which country has a better claim to the islands? My feeling is that it’s China, although the answer isn’t clearcut. Chinese navigational records show the islands as Chinese for many centuries, and a 1783 Japanese map shows them as Chinese as well. Japan purported to “discover” the islands only in 1884 and annexed them only in 1895 when it also grabbed Taiwan. (You can also make a case that they are terra nullis, belonging to no nation.)

The best approach would be for China and Japan to agree to refer the dispute to the International Court of Justice, but realistically that won’t happen. And since some believe that the area is rich with oil and gas reserves, the claims from each side have become more insistent.

As Chinese nationalism grows, as China’s navy and ability to project power in the ocean gains, we could see some military jostling over the islands. You read it here first.


01. 2010年9月19日 21:22:04: PG1nqWSNAg
> Japan purported to “discover” the islands only in 1884 and annexed
> them only in 1895 when it also grabbed Taiwan.









02. 2010年9月20日 11:58:41: 2kygrfHAsQ


03. 2010年9月23日 15:37:12: AcxNXHO5TM

04. 2012年9月14日 16:21:04 : FCxohXlVP2
It is said that the Senkaku Islands are shown in Ming's maps and others. Ming is China that has continued to exist until now, so they say the map is effective still now. But what is important is the history after Ming. In history later facts is more important than the older ones. Can Ching be said not to be China? Ching is also the same China. Then the decision of Ching that did not make Senkaku China's was China's decision. Senkaku was abondoned then. But now China is going to make Senkaku China's changing the Ching's decision. But time passed too long. Ching's decision was not changed rapidly. Long time passed and the fact that they are Japan's territory has been established completely. Ching's decision of the abondonment of Senkaku is effective. It's too late to cancell the decision. Prescription has been established. Until recently China did not cancell the decision. China only recognizes what is favorable (Senkaku's entry in Ming's maps) and negates what is unfavorable (Ching's abondonment os Senkaku), which is quite inconsistent and incoherent. The ownership in Ming's ages became invalid by Ching's abondonment. Later decision is more effective than the older one. Japan has never abondoned Senkaku since it began to own them. Japan has been their owner all through the times. China cannot cancell Ching's abondonment now.

05. 2012年9月17日 00:53:38 : FCxohXlVP2
Old China's seeming ownership of Senkaku Islands became invalid as Ching did not assert they belonged to it; i.e. Ching abandoned Senkaku. Therefore Senkaku's entries in Ming's and other navigational maps became completely ineffective. Besides Ching did not cancel the decision immediately and long time passed after that and prescriptin has establised. It is too late for the present China cancel Ching's decision and retrieve Senkaku. If China is convinced of the ownership of Senkaku it should appeal to the International Court of Justice, without making barbarous demonstrations. Instead of doing so Chinese have become mobs and destroying buildings and cars.Are they afraid of being defeated by debates using their brains without sufficient proofs. Destroying and injuring and threatening must not be right ways of solving the problem. Can they not be called coward mobs? Are Chinese not rational and theoretical? Do they have no ability to debate in public? Is violence the only measure that they have? Ching is also China. So what it once abandoned cannot be retrieved. Japan has long been Senkaku's legitimate owner; so trying to retrieve the islands is robbing; i.e., a complete crime. Do they not know the criminal law that prohibits one to deprive someone of the things that he has been approved to own. Ching's responsibility is China's responsibility. Why do Chinese try to use violence as a way of resolution? Incidentally the Senkaku area is the passage of typhoons, which means the getting oil there may be unstable and dangerous. The disaster in Mexican Bay is still new in our memories. The contamination of the sea is tremendous. Ching probably found no value in such desert islands, which is probably the main reason why Ching did not assert they belonged to it. The present China should be angry with Ching's failure. Chinese should stop such coward behaviors as demonstrations and violence. Are they not civilized, rational people? If they have enough intelligence why don't they use it and decide to which country the islands belong to with it? Or do they want just see other's blood, homicide being their taste? Are they poor at thinking over problems intelligently and theoretically? Do they lack excellent theorists with such a big population? Or is resorting to violence their fundamental method of solving problems?

06. 2012年9月17日 07:09:58 : FCxohXlVP2
Japan did not grab Senkaku Islands from China. After long years of envestigations Japan made the territorial declaration of Senkaku on Jan. 14, 1895 before the beginning of peace treaty talks on March 20, 1895. In details see 「尖閣諸島問題 日本の領有は歴史的にも国際法上も正当」2010年10月4日(日本共産党):Google. Can the poor brain of Chinese not see the exact difference of historical facts? Senkaku Islands were not included in Taiwan and related islands decided to be handed over to Japan in Shimonoseki Treaty. Ching did not make objection to Japan's ownership of Senkaku. Japanese ownership of Senkaku was firmly established. The present China is not permitted to change the historical facts to its favour. Chinese people's anger to Japan is built up on the erraneous information from Chinese government. If Senkaku had an entry in Ming's map, China did not rule them and they were desert islands. Do appeal to ICJ if Chinese are confident of winning the case without making barbarous movements.Judging the territorial problems is a theoretical problem that should be decided by intelligence not by violence. Does the confidence of Chinese come from New York Times? Don't they know "Even Homer sometimes nods"?


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