Monday, August 20, 2012

Japanese visit to disputed islands sparks China protest

Japanese visit to disputed islands sparks China protest - World - CBC News

Now here's a much better story done by real journalists at The Canadian Press and carried by The CBC.

 (Getting the story right is one of the reasons all the columnists at Sun Media are constantly agitating for the gov't to kill The CBC.)

 This story prominently mentions Taiwan's claim to the islands:

Ten Japanese made an unauthorized landing on Uotsuri, the largest in a small archipelago known in Japan as the Senkaku Islands and in China as the Diaoyu Islands. The uninhabited islands surrounded by rich fishing grounds are controlled by Japan but also claimed by China and Taiwan.

It also explains that the Japanese invasion of the islands was in response to an earlier Chinese stunt:

Days earlier, a group of 14 Hong Kong residents and mainland Chinese travelled by boat to the islands, some swimming ashore. Protesters in Beijing, Hong Kong and other cities praised them as heroes and burned Japanese flags, but Japan arrested the 14 for landing without authorization.

Taiwan's KMT government didn't seem to mind "Communist Bandits from the mainland" invading Taiwanese territory. But the minute the Japanese plant the flag on the Diaoyu...

Taiwanese Foreign Minister Timothy Yang summoned Japan's de facto ambassador to Taiwan, Sumio Tarui, on Sunday to lodge a protest over the visit by the Japanese activists to the islands, which are about 190 kilometres off Taiwan's northeastern coast. Yang said the "provocative act" had heightened tensions in the area...

Proof - if you ever needed it - that the KMT ancien regime of Ma Ying-jeou is not interested in Taiwanese identity or sovereignty, only Chinese sovereignty. The KMT is the government of, for and by China and is now acting as a proxy for Beijing.

And news stenographers in China and Taiwan are reinforcing the idea of "One China" - of which Taiwan is only a small part.

Chinese protest over Japan island

Chinese protest over Japan island dispute. | Watch the video - Yahoo! News Canada

Unidentified members from a Japanese nationalist group land on Uotsuri island, part of the disputed islands in the East China Sea.

Watch the video report from Reuters, then read:

Note what this story says:
"Tokyo and Beijing have been feuding for decades over the island chain, known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China."

 This is what happens when Reuters lets local stringers file stories instead of using real reporters.  Real reporters can be stringers - but being a stringer doesn't make you a reporter. And having a digital video cam doesn't make you a "citizen journalist."

There is no mention of the fact that the islands are actually closer to Taiwan and that Taiwan ALSO claims the islands. Or that China's claim to the islands is entirely dependent on its bogus claim to Taiwan. Or the fact that Taiwan's claim to the Diaoyutai is more legitimate than China's.

I suppose it would help if Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jou and the KMT ancien regime in Taiwan would stop saying that Taiwan is China or that Taiwan and the mainland are both part of one China or...
Confused? That's because "You are not Chinese so you do not understand Chinese affairs, I mean Taiwanese affairs!" to quote Chairman Ma.

BTW, since this protest is in China, I deeply suspect that this protest was about as spontaneous as all the KMT-organized "people's protests" in Taiwan. And given the police unwillingness to put down the protest, the "demonstrators" were probably as real as the PLA soldiers dressed up as Tibetan rioters in Lhasa.