[KS] Tokto

don kirk kirkdon at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 11 11:54:20 EDT 2012

Thanks for that reality check. I too was a little surprised to see such quick endorsement of an ad on the Senkaku/Diaoyu question. Should Japan also be taking out a full-page ad? 
If we accept the Chinese view, would we go from there to acceptance of the view, already expressed in China, of China's sovereignty over Okinawa? Another complication is that Taipei and Beijing won't  be thinking as one on Diaoyu if the question comes up as to who's in charge. Would the islands go to the closest Taiwan county? What would Beijijng say/do then -- send "fishing" boats to challenge Taiwan control?
Don Kirk

From: J.Scott Burgeson <jsburgeson at yahoo.com>
To: Korean Studies Discussion List <koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws> 
Sent: Thursday, October 11, 2012 11:16 AM
Subject: Re: [KS] Tokto

--- On Wed, 10/10/12, gkl1 at columbia.edu <gkl1 at columbia.edu> wrote: 
It's great, because whatever happens in the future between the two Chinese republics, the Daiyu islands will end up in China.
Wow. Is this a forum for objective scholarly debate, or unabashed agitprop? I am sure that any disinterested historian recognizes that the Senkaku/Diaoyu issue in particular is hardly cut-and-dried. Before leaping to any conclusions, it would be nice to see what sorts of evidence and/or arguments form the basis for the above assertion, which strikes this reader as an implicit endorsement of Chinese territorial aggression.
Paid newspaper advertisements and government announcements are all fine and well, but certainly not sufficient, especially on a forum such as this one.
--Scott Bug  
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