Monday, September 10, 2012

Update on the Senkaku Islands

A little while ago, I wrote about the Japanese Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. I wrote about this on the 15th of August this year. These islands are part of Japan, but privately owned by a Japanese man. The Japanese government are now planning on buying these islands.

China and Taiwan claim these islands. China also state that a purchase by the Japanese government is illegal and invalid. This is a strange thing to say, since the islands are Japanese territory, hence going by Japanese law. The Japanese government also, truthfully, says that the purchase does not change the status of the islands under international law.

I cannot understand why the Chinese are upset. Even though they claim the islands, the situation is not changed because the ownership is transferred under Japanese law. Japanese territory is no more or less Japanese territory, because the government or anybody else owns the real estate. On the other hand, who has ever blamed any communistic government for understanding the concept of ownership of real estate?

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