China and Japan in major dispute over uninhabited remote islands   Leave a comment


Washington Post

NEW YORK — Japan’s prime minister said Wednesday his nation is not willing to compromise in its territorial dispute with China over remote islands that have spawned violent anti-Japan protests.

But Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said that Japan would respond calmly and make sure it does not adversely affect bilateral relations between the two Asian powers.

Senior diplomats of China and Japan met both in New York and Beijing Tuesday, seeking to mend ties frayed by the spat over the Senakakus islands, called Diaoyu by China, that has raised tensions between them to their highest level in years.

The islands, held by Japan, are uninhabited but sit astride rich fishing waters and potentially large reserves of natural gas.

Despite the flurry of diplomacy, it is far from clear that the crisis has passed. China could send more vessels to challenge Japanese control of the islands, raising the possibility of armed conflict arising from mistake or miscalculation. Taiwan, which also claims the islands, has also weighed into the dispute.

On Tuesday, Japanese and Taiwanese coast guard cutters exchanged water cannon blasts just off the islands.

China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported that Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told Japanese counterpart Koichiro Gemba in New York Tuesday that the Japanese government’s island purchase constituted “a serious challenge to the post-war international order.”



Two of the uninhabited islands



Posted September 26, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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