Japan’s Dispute With China
For the last week or so, Japan and China have been feuding over an incident that took place in the East China Sea. About two weeks ago, September 8, 2010, some Japanese fishing boats were rammed by a Chinese naval vessel. In response, the Japanese government swiftly arrested the entire Chinese crew, infuriating the Beijing government.
Since then, Japan and China have been engaged in a diplomatic standoff. China has urged the Japanese government to release the crew and give a formal apology to Beijing. The Japanese rejected China’s demands at first, neither releasing the captives or giving a formal apology to the Chinese. However, the Japanese government decided to release the crew, eventually letting the captain go as well.
After this, however, the Japanese demanded the Chinese repair the ships that were damaged in the incident. Japan has taken a step towards making amends and are expecting China to do the same. Since the incident, anti-Japanese sentiment has erupted in China, which is condoned by the Chinese government. Since the incident, Beijing has cut off diplomatic ties with Japan, blocked export material headed for Japan, and detained four Japanese civilians in China.
The Chinese have accused Japan of wrongfully detaining their people, calling the actions “illegal,” “unreasonable,” and threatens to take “further action” if China is not appeased. Beijing accuses Japan of committing a wrongful act, but how so? Wasn’t it the Chinese who rammed the Japanese coast guards first? Is it not they who lay claim to the Senkaku (Japanese) or Diaoyu (Chinese) islands in the Eastern Sea?
This is not the first time that China has shown aggression against its neighbors (remember Paracel and Spratly?). This time however, they have been sadly mistaken. No longer are the Chinese dealing with a bunch of corrupted dictators, as is the case in the Southeast Asia Sea. This time, the group they’ve decided to antagonize are democratic and accountable to their people. In no way will the Japanese government let the Chinese navy terrorize the people in the sea.
The latest incident against Japan is just part of a larger pattern of Chinese aggression. I’m glad that someone, besides the U.S., finally has the guts to stand up to them. The Communists in Vietnam surely won’t, they’re too busy counting stolen money and sucking the life out of their own country and the people. Back in the day, 1974, Nguyen Van Thieu (Republic of Vietnam) fought to defend the Paracel Islands against China. Today, Nong Duc Manh (Communist Vietnam) doesn’t even dare to open his mouth against them.