Discussion in 'China' started by ajtr, Mar 3, 2010.
China all at sea over Japan island row
Clearly china wants to dominate that area and also gobble up all its resources. Vietnam has done a good job there by asserting itself over the spratlys. would be interesting as to how the whole game panders out.
Japan is a pushover and China knows it so they take full advantage, especially when USA is dependant on China to buy the worthless debt US hypocrisy will just look the other way and pretend they don't know anything about it.
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U.S. backs Japan on islands dispute with Russia: State Department
08:06, November 02, 2010
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U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said on Monday that the United States backs Japan on its islands dispute with Russian.
"We do back Japan regarding the northern territories," Crowley told reporters when asked to comment on the issue.
He said the United States has encouraged Japan and Russia to negotiate an actual peace treaty regarding the dispute and other issues.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday morning visited Kunashiri Island, one of the Russian-held islands also claimed by Japan.
Medvedev becomes the first leader from Russia or the former Soviet Union to travel to any of the disputed islands, which are called the Northern Territories in Japan and the Southern Kurils in Russia.
The visit has sparked strong reaction from Japan. Upon Medvedev 's arrival on the island, Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara summoned Russian ambassador to lodge a protest against the visit.
The Russian envoy, however, insisted that the president's visit is Russia's domestic issue.
In return, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavor said on Monday that Japanese ambassador will be summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry over Tokyo's reaction to Medvedev's visit to Kuril Islands.
The minister told a press conference that Japanese reaction to Medvedev's visit was "unacceptable", adding that "this is our land and the Russian president visited Russian land."
The four disputed Pacific islands were occupied by the Soviet troops in 1945 and are currently under Russian control.
Russia and Japan have long been at odds due to the territorial dispute over these islands, which has blocked a peace treaty between the two countries since the end of World War II.
It's not just China, Korea too would oppose any move by Japan to legitimize the latter's fuzzy territorial claims. Medvedev just paid a visit to one of the islands, held by Russia but claimed by Japan, which of cause has has caused a flurry of strong protests from Japan.
Anyway, it's obvious that the situation in east asia is far from being everyone against china, it's more like everyone against everyone.
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