aoverl at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Oct 11 22:51:42 EDT 2012
"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."
No matter whether one considers Chinese/Taiwanese claims for the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands more justified than Japanese claims for Tok-do/Takeshima or vice versa, it is a significant difference between Chinese/Taiwanese and Japanese attitudes that up to now, Japan had not challenged Korean control over Tok-do/Takeshima in such ways as Chinese and Taiwanese activists, ships, and patrol boats occasionally challenged Japanese control over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands (and as the People's Liberation Navy had confronted Saigon and Hanoi over the Paracel and Spratly Islands in 1974 and 1988, respectively). The implication for Korea is that such Chinese/Taiwanese actions potentially create a precedent for a similar Japanese challenge to Korean control over Tok-do/Takeshima, and thus they might be more counterproductive than advantageous to Korean interests.
Kwangwoon University, Seoul
>--- 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.
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