- Obama’s regulatory agenda will cost U.S. economy $143B next year: report
- Patriot Act author on James Clapper: Fire, prosecute him
- Russia P.M. Medvedev: No amnesty for political prisoners
- Michigan GOP Senate hopeful reminds government is the ‘servant’
- Christmas, by Congress: Members mull a 15-cent tax on trees
- U.S. unemployment falls to five-year low of 7 percent; 203K jobs added
- World mourns Nelson Mandela and celebrates his life; burial set for Dec. 15
- Bill O’Reilly reminds: Nelson Mandela ‘was a communist’
- John Boehner says GOP should support gay candidates: ‘I do’
- Grass-Whopper: Pan-fried cricket burgers go over big in New York City
Inside China: General says Japan owns Okinawa
After weeks of challenging Japan’s sovereignty over the Ryukyu Islands, including Okinawa, through official Chinese state-run media, Beijing recently voiced a sudden change of heart.
Lt. Gen. Qi Jianguo, deputy chief of staff for the Chinese army, offered this dramatic change of tone in Singapore last week at the annual Shangri-La defense conference attended by major Asia-Pacific nations’ officials, including U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
“Scholars are free to put forward any ideas they want. It doesn’t represent the views of the Chinese government.”
One problem with Gen. Qi’s statement is that the opposite views challenging Japan’s sovereign rights to the Ryukyus were expressed by China’s state-sponsored researchers and an army major general in the People’s Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, which permits no public views contrary to the regime’s policies.
China and Japan have been embroiled in naval and maritime brinkmanship over the Senkaku islands — known in China as Diaoyudao — saddled between Okinawa and Taiwan, over the past several months. Beijing is threatening force to take the islands, and Japan is busy readying its troops to defend them.
However, on May 8, China dropped a bombshell article in the People’s Daily.
The newspaper published a direct challenge to Japan’s claim of sovereignty over the entire Ryukyu island chain. Tens of thousands of American troops currently are stationed on Okinawa.
Japan lodged a diplomatic protest.
“We cannot under any circumstances accept the People’s Daily article if it reflects the Chinese government’s view,” Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.
Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima called China’s claims “ridiculous.”
About the Author
Miles Yu’s column appears Thursdays. He can be reached at email@example.com.
- Spike in battlefield deaths linked to restrictive rules of engagement
- Activists urge Obama to go rogue, sidestep Congress
- Bill OReilly reminds: Nelson Mandela was a communist
- PRUDEN: British press horrified as London's new mayor dares to proclaim the truth
- MILLER: Obamacare enrollees include 101 members of the House of Representatives
- Obama administration issues permits for wind farms to kill more eagles
- Inside China: Nuclear submarines capable of widespread attack on U.S.
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- Obama downplays IRS scandal, blames Obamacare rollout on 'outdated' agencies
- 'Hunger Games' delivers Obama's message on income inequality
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
A politically conservative and morally liberal Hebrew alpha male hunts left-wing viper
This column will cover anything that has anything remotely to do with the game of baseball, from the game itself to mid-summer trades to offseason moves.
Entertainment News and Reviews from Washington, D.C. and beyond.
Political satirist and Christian apologist Bob Siegel discusses religion and politics.
White House pets gone wild!