Amid tensions with Taiwan, China said it posed no threat to Japan but warned Tokyo against closing in on Washington to contain Beijing.
This comes as China and Japan mark the 50th anniversary of normalizing their diplomatic ties and a decade since Tokyo nationalized the long-disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, angering Beijing.
In a video address at an event held Monday to commemorate the normalization of diplomatic ties, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China and Japan are partners and pose no threat to each other. On “some historical issues and the Taiwan issue.” there is no room for “ambiguity” or “regression,” he added.
“The two countries should remain strategically and long-term committed to the important consensus that they are partners and pose no threat to each other,” the Chinese foreign minister said.
Tensions between the two countries linger as “Japan moves in a wrong direction to follow the US” to contain China on some thorny issues, Global Times reported.
At the root of the flare-up between Japan and China is a long-standing territorial dispute over a group of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea known as the Senkaku Islands in Japan, the Diaoyu Islands in China, and the Tiaoyutai Islands in Taiwan. The archipelago has been administered by Japan since 1972, but is claimed by both China and Taiwan as part of their territory.
The islands, lying northeast of Taiwan, are economically important as they contain oil and natural gas reserves and are close to major shipping routes surrounded by rich fisheries.
Japan is concerned that China is invading the Senkaku Islands, by force if necessary, as part of its effort to seize Taiwan, a self-governing democracy that Beijing regards as its own.
In September 2012, the Japanese government nationalized the islands after purchasing three islands in the Senkaku group from their private Japanese owners. China opposed the nationalization move, saying it grossly violated Beijing’s territorial sovereignty.
After nationalization, China announced in November 2013 that it would set up an “East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ)” covering much of the airspace over the East China Sea including the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, warning against violence against Apply aircraft that have not followed ADIZ guidelines.
Japan is heavily dependent on the United States for its security. Though Washington has remained neutral on the islands’ status, the US has clarified that they fall under the 1960 Japan-US Security Pact, leading many observers to fear a military clash, particularly one involving the US could include
To bolster Beijing’s claim to the island region, Chinese Coast Guard ships have repeatedly invaded Japanese-claimed territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands.
In June, two Chinese Coast Guard ships entered Japan’s territorial waters near the islands and remained there for more than 64 hours to monitor a Japanese fishing boat operating in the area.
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