I am not a historian.Exactly what I read... via wikipedia. It stated that during the first Japanese-Sino war Japan claimed the island, but after the war they signed the "San Francisco Treaty" which gave back all territories seized by Japan... thus making the island China's again... until the 1970's when the US claimed it was Japan's... If this is accurate it seems we made a blunder and the island is China's, in which case we should be apologizing.
This is however based on what I read on wikipedia, which we know may or may not be accurate. If someone ACTUALLY knows please chime in...
Edit: Seems my summary above was a little pedestrian and vague... here's an article that sums things up a little better. http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90883/7953170.html
Japan already apologized...many times. For the Chinese and Koreans, it is never enough. Bitches need to stop asking for apologies and move on with their lives.Chinese citizens are in general still angry at Japan for their refusal to apologize for the many atrocities and war crimes they committed during WW2 in chinese soil.
This island thing might just be a spark but not the cause of that anger. Japan has never formally apologized for war crimes committed during that time and has rewritten school books to sanitize what they did during that period if not out right revise history.
I'm not saying it will be easy for Japan to own up to what they did to civilians in China during WW2, it's quite a touchy subject. But burying your head in the sand and deny things will only go so far and it leaves quite a bit of animosity behind.
Well, if China/Chinese are going to use the "historic/ancient claims" then Mongolia, Manchuria, Britain, and Japan can put a claim on all or parts of China. Also, China's neighbors could use their "ancient claims" to claim back old land that China took from them by force years ago.
Funny how China/Chinese would not dare to say a word about the huge swap of land nears the Amur River that Russia took from them in 1858 (600,000 square kilometers IIRC).
It's not interesting, it just mostly digs on Obama for doing his fundraising for the election. He's not going to be personally going out to the South China Sea to play "Battleship" with the Chinese if something goes down.
As a non-China Chinese I'm pretty sure both will work out a deal eventually or the status quo continue indefinitely. All those warships deployed to the area is just a matter of national pride for all sides, the possibility of armed conflict is so minimal because these countries are run by sane rational people.It's not interesting, it just mostly digs on Obama for doing his fundraising for the election. He's not going to be personally going out to the South China Sea to play "Battleship" with the Chinese if something goes down.
It isn't even a question that we would back Japan if things deteriorated, as we have since the end of WWII. These are big boy countries however and should be allowed some time to sort out their issues on their own. I see no need to stick our nose into this thing unless it becomes an actual regional security issue.
The uninhabited islets in the East China Sea at the center of a bitter dispute between China and Japan are "clearly" covered by a 1960 security treaty obliging the United States to come to Japan's aid if attacked, a top U.S. diplomat said on Thursday.
Most, if not all, of said apologies addressed by Japanese prime ministers were done at a 'personal' level.
No Asian countries like Japan.It is also not enough for the Okinawans. 100,000 of whom protested the Japanese attempt to delete reverences to the role of the Japanese Army in forcing Okinawans to commit suicide. Specifically: "A government decision two years ago to delete textbook references to the Japanese military role in the forced suicides brought the issue to a boil on Okinawa, culminating in a protest by more than 100,000 people in September last year."
As long as people like, Toshio Tamogami, chief of staff of Japan's Air Self-Defense Force, continue to publish essays that argue that Japan was not an aggressor during World War II, that the war brought prosperity to China, Taiwan and Korea, that the Imperial Japanese Army's conduct was not violent and that the Greater East Asia War is viewed in a positive way by many Asian countries ... It will not be enough.
As long as Japan continues to honor war criminals at Yasukuni, there will be those that think that Japan's 'apologies' ring hollow.
You are, of course, entitled to your own opinion. But it would be a mistake to believe that your opinion has universal acceptance.
Japan doesn't have much to bully with.To be fair, what Japan did in WWII was horrible but since after the war, I don't remember Japan ever did bully or attack any of the neighbors as China had. Same as Germany, they did horrible things in WWII but since then, they did not attack/bully anyone.