While the world's attention has been focused on the rivalry between China and Japan over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, Taiwan — which has the same territorial claims as China — has come up with what it calls a “peace initiative” involving all three parties.
Beijing's reaction to the Nobel Prize awards this year was markedly different from that of two years ago, when it denounced the Norwegian Nobel Committee for awarding the Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo, a dissident serving an 11-year prison term.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, who marked his first 100 days in office on Monday (Oct. 8), finds himself caught in the middle as conflicts between the former British colony and the Chinese mainland multiply.
Japan and China took their dispute over a group of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea to the international community last week when their leaders addressed the United Nations General Assembly.
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During anti-Japanese protests in Beijing last week, a group of about 50 demonstrators surrounded the car of the American ambassador, Gary Locke, chanted slogans about disputed islands, and prevented the vehicle from entering the embassy compound until Chinese security personnel intervened.
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“Our generation is not wise enough to find a common language on this question,” Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping said in 1978 about his country's territorial dispute with Japan. “Our next generation will certainly be wiser. They will certainly find a solution acceptable to all.” In the meantime, Deng proposed, the two sides should jointly develop the area's rich economic resources.
In the mid-1960s, when the world was dominated by the two superpowers — the United States and the Soviet Union — China routinely described their relationship as one of “colluding and contending” for power and influence.
Forty years ago this month, Japan and China established diplomatic relations. However, the two countries are clearly in no mood to celebrate because of heated territorial disputes over tiny uninhabited islands, called the Senkakus by Japan and the Diaoyus by China. They are under Japanese control but claimed by Beijing.
I love history. So when I was offered a chance to write a piece on the 60th anniversary of the founding of The China Post, I jumped at it.
When Hillary Clinton spoke about America's “pivot” to Asia last year, she described alliances with Japan, South Korea and other countries as the “fulcrum” for Washington's strategic turn to the Asia-Pacific.