Japan/U.S. double dealing on Diaoyu Islands is a betrayal of history [People’s Daily]

May 6, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama assured Japan during a visit to the country that Washington was committed to its defense, and went on to indicate that the U.S.-Japan security treaty would apply to the disputed Diaoyu Islands. This extension of the U.S.-Japan security treaty to the Diaoyu Islands was a new first; it was confirmed by summit-level documents issued by Japan and the U.S.

Later, on April 30, a senior U.S. official emphasized that Obama’s commitment on the Diaoyu Islands should not be interpreted as a provocation to China. This is a standard U.S. approach, a political cliche, and nothing new. A similar position has previously been taken by other high-ranking U.S. officials, including the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense.

The reality is that these remarks are not only a provocation to China, but also a betrayal of America and China’s own history…

…In order to apply its so-called “Strategic Rebalancing in Asia” [aka “Pivot to Asia”], the U.S. has fallen into the trap of trying to constrain China. It is trying to take advantage of the U.S.-Japan alliance to make Japan an accomplice to its rebalancing strategy, constrain China’s peaceful rise, and force concessions on China’s core interests. At the same time, Japan is taking advantage of American greed to cause trouble around the historical issue, setting aside the peace constitution on collective self-defense, provoking its neighbors over territorial disputes, and reinstating the principle of arms exports. Japan’s conduct has caused concern to its neighbors, including China.

China’s peaceful rise will not be constrained by any other country. The U.S. and Japan will taste bitter fruits if they continue their betrayal of history.

The author is deputy director of the Chinese People’s Anti-Japanese War Memorial Hall

The article is edited and translated from美日私相授受钓鱼岛是背叛历史 , source: Global Times, Author:Li Zongyuan

Excerpted; full article link: http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/98649/8618292.html

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