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Japan from the inside out

Gangster logic

Posted by ampontan on Friday, October 12, 2012

THE Chinese news aggregator Sina has a brief article worth reading on the Senkakus dispute. Here’s the topic:

Japan’s Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba said that China began asserting its territorial sovereignty over the islands in the 1970s, suggesting China previously had not viewed the group as part of its territory. He even noted a Chinese map published in 1960 depicted the islet group as “Japanese territory”.

Then they presented Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei’s rebuttal:

This is not the first time that Genba uses garbled material to support Japan’s stance.

All these fabricated stories can only demonstrate that Japan has never had sovereignty over Diaoyu Islands legally, Hong said.

And:

Japan ignores and avoids the facts intentionally. Further, they attempt to legalize the result of Japan’s invasion, which is totally gangster logic, Hong refuted.

Hong closes with the typical insistence that China = correct:

(Japan) should recognize and correct their wrongdoings, and take into account the overall situation of China-Japan relations, Hong added.

It should be apparent whose logic is gangsterish.

Some people once thought that China would become more liberal and open as it grew richer. Perhaps some people still think so. But we’re at the point of willful ignorance with that one.

Other people think China’s rise to prominence is bound to cause serious problems for everyone else.

It’s worse than they think.

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One Response to “Gangster logic”

  1. yankdownunder said

    http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2012/10/09/china-patrols-continue-near-disputed-islands/?mod=WSJBlog&mod=WSJ_Japan_JapanRealTime

    Ever since the Japanese government announced last month it would buy three islets, known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese, the presence of Chinese government boats near the islands has become a daily occurrence.

    Experts say that’s precisely China’s strategy.

    “There’s the risk that the Japanese mass media is going to get used to this, and it will be taken as the norm,” said Yoshihiko Yamada, professor at the School of Marine Science and Technology at Japan’s Tokai University, adding that a complacent attitude would be “dangerous” for Japan.

    The Chinese boats have sailed mainly in the “contiguous zone,” a band of sea just outside of the territorial waters around the islands, but have entered territorial waters five times since Sept. 14, bringing it to a total of eight for the year. That compares with only once in 2011, according to the Japan Coast Guard.

    The ships have been either China Marine Surveillance, under the State Oceanic Administration, or Fisheries Law Enforcement Command vessels, under the Ministry of Agriculture. They represent two of five non-military Chinese government bodies with maritime law enforcement responsibilities.

    Alessio Patalano, lecturer in war studies at King’s College London explained that the vessels helped China’s goal of creating “a condition by which their presence there is accepted as a matter of fact.”

    a condition by which their presence there is accepted as a matter of fact.

    This is why Japan must do something soon. It should be something that firmly says “these are Japanese islands”. If(when) China overreacts then so be it. Also Japan should try to get USFJ
    involved. They could put a USFJ radar station or something there just to make a statement. IF USFJ doesn’t want to be in that part of Okinawa then maybe they should leave their swimming pools/golf clubs etc in Japan and go to Guam or Hawaii. This government wont act but would the LDP be any different?
    ————
    Thanks for sending this in. But at the risk of coming off vain, I pointed out that the Japanese media pointed this out when it first started. The Patalano comment was fine, and it is his area of expertise, but then there was this:

    Experts say that’s precisely China’s strategy.

    “There’s the risk that the Japanese mass media is going to get used to this, and it will be taken as the norm,” said Yoshihiko Yamada, professor at the School of Marine Science and Technology at Japan’s Tokai University, adding that a complacent attitude would be “dangerous” for Japan.

    Why does the WSJ think a specialist in marine science is an expert on geopolitics? Why does the specialist in marine science think the media’s attitude is more important than the government’s attitude?

    Yet another reason why I have so little time for the mass media paradigm and their new pretend blogs. You don’t need an expert to explain the obvious.

    -A.

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