China issues report on Diaoyu Islands to ‘reaffirm sovereign rights, warn Japan and US collusion’
China’s maritime surveillance vessels patrol the Diaoyu Islands on October 25, 2012. Photo: Xinhua
China released a report on the topography and geography of the Diaoyu Islands on Monday amid growing Japan’s desire to get the United States to support the topic.
Chinese experts saw a strong message in the latest report that reaffirmed China’s sovereignty over the islands to the world with facts, openness and transparency, and warned Japan and the United States that their collusion would suffer. consequences if they do not respect China’s position on the issue.
On the special Diaoyu Islands website created by the Ministry of Natural Resources in eight languages, the ministry published a topographic and geographic survey report of the Diaoyu Islands and their affiliated islands, detailing the terrain of the islands as well as maps- remote sensing images.
The aim of the survey was to obtain geographic data for the latest topographic maps, and the survey further improved the basic data system of the islands and plays an important role in the resource management and ecological protection of the islands. , the ministry said.
China released the report at a time when Japan has stepped up its alliance with the United States on a firm stand against China on the Diaoyu Islands since Joe Biden took office in January, prompting the Biden administration to engage in the defense of Japan under its security treaty which covers the Diaoyu Islands.
Geography is closely tied to territory and sovereignty, and China’s latest decision is not just a scientific inquiry, but a strong diplomatic and political signal to the world, including the United States and Japan, that the Diaoyu Islands are an inalienable part of Chinese territory, Li Haidong, a professor at the Institute of International Relations at the University of Foreign Affairs of China, told the Global Times on Monday.
“Japan and the United States have tried to wreak havoc on the international community and confuse the fact that China has clear sovereign rights over the territory. [of the Diaoyu Islands]. We released the investigation report to reiterate the international consensus on the matter, ”Li said, noting that topographic maps of Diaoyu Islands will likely be printed in multiple languages so that the world can learn the facts.
“No matter how Japan works with the United States on the matter to try to distort international consensus, it will not change China’s position and actions, including regular patrols around the islands and activities fishing, ”Li said.
He said China’s report also serves as a warning to Japan and the United States that if they do not respect China’s sovereignty, they will face consequences.
File photo taken aboard a B-3837 maritime surveillance aircraft shows the Diaoyu Islands and neighboring islands.
The recent measures taken by Japan have severely damaged Sino-Japanese relations, causing Japanese people who do not know the truth on the matter to display unfavorable views on China, and there is a need for China to explain the situation further on them. Diaoyu Islands to the public on the basis of facts, Liu Jiangyong, vice-dean of the Institute of Modern International Relations at Tsinghua University, told the Global Times on Monday.
Japan’s practice of “refusing to put aside the dispute” with China has made the Diaoyu Islands a bottleneck in Sino-Japanese relations and something very likely to provoke antagonism and lead to tensions between the two countries, Liu said, noting that improved information on the legal and natural conditions of the Diaoyu Islands will help the Japanese people and the international community to learn more about the relevant situation.
In recent years, Japan has tried to fabricate stories to form a simple “diplomatic statement,” initiate “brainwashing education” among its citizens and avoid discussions on the Diaoyu Islands issue, Liu said.
Liu recalled a previous seminar on the islands, in which Liu used historical data and evidence to render Japanese experts speechless in a face-to-face confrontation, and the Japanese side then contacted the organizer of the seminar. to demand that Liu not be allowed to attend such seminars. in the future.
Japan’s actions reflect its guilt, and Japan cannot unilaterally deprive the public of their right to know the truth, which is very dangerous, Liu said.
Regarding the collusion between Japan and the United States, Li said that the United States is unlikely to help Japan in the event of military conflicts between China and Japan because the American way of doing things things is to “satisfy themselves at the expense of others,” Li said, adding that the United States would fan the flames only in the event of a conflict between Japan and China.
Chinese analysts said it was unwise for Japan to take the US commitment as a foolproof guarantee and that Japan should avoid miscalculating US intentions to use all possible allies. to contain China.
But if Japan and the United States step up their provocations in the waters surrounding the islands, such as sending troops, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy and Air Force would take action. , such as patrolling the region, to show China’s determination to protect its territory, experts said.