It wasn’t as conflicting a moment between the members at the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Summit at Vladivostok this year and in fact has ended up on a rather optimistic note. The APEC were discussing on how they could turn the region into a no-conflict area where the trade is encouraged between different countries. Both Chinese and Japanese Premier’s Hu Jintao and Yoshihiko Noda were visibly relaxed and posing for pictures’ together- and now it’s a different picture altogether. Who would believe that circumstance could take such a belligerent turn?
The reason for this discord was the control over Senkaku (Diaoyu) islands. Diplomats and ministers from both the countries are in such a loggerheads situation right now that it typically resounds the way things used be between the two.
In case of Europe also, they are facing difficult times right now and looking for way out of the mess whereas the Asian’s are too merry either. In case of China and Japan, they are the two biggest economies in Asia region including Taiwan and have their own reasons for stating the claim over the islands. This issue is however is just one among the list of many like these forcing the two neighbors to stand in contradiction to each other.
Scarborough Shoal and Spratley Islands are two such regions on which China has been trying to prove its claim since long. The islands though fall under the jurisdiction of ASEAN States, also has Philippines and Vietnam trying to gain control over the region at any cost.
In case of the Okinawa Islands that falls under the Japanese control, China states that Okinawa is the farthest island of Japan. In that precedent, it also adds the argument of its proximity to China and more similarity with the Chinese culture and sensibilities.
By now there may exist many claims of different entities over different regions, yet priority should be given to provide an amicable settlement between the countries involved in staking claims.
Initiatives towards searching a way out of these contentions should continue despite the stringent stand of stakeholders involved.
Source: Russia Today
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