采访/常春 编辑/黄亿美 后制/陈建铭
The 9th Beijing-Tokyo Forum Was Tense But A Consensus was Reached
The 9th Beijing-Tokyo Forum was scheduled in August
but was postponed to Oct. 26 due to the increased tension
between the two countries.
During the forum, both sides had a verbal argument
over the Diaoyu Islands issue.
However, at the end of the meeting, they both signed
the Beijing Consensus.
The consensus states that they will attempt to avoid
a military conflict over the Diaoyu Islands dispute.
The 9th Beijing-Tokyo Forum, which had initially been
scheduled for August to mark the 35th anniversary of the
signing of the bilateral treaty of peace and friendship,
wrapped up in Beijing on Oct. 27.
Sources say that Sino-Japan representatives had
an unpleasant argument regarding the Diaoyu Islands dispute.
Tang Jiaxuan is a former Chinese State Councilor and also
head of the Sino-Japan Friendship Association.
He emphasized China’s sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands.
He criticized that the Japanese government nationalized
the Diaoyu Islands, intensifying the relationship.
Former Japanese defense chief Gen Nakatani criticized
Tang’s manner in the seminar after Tang left.
He said that Tang’s speech is “over impudent,”
“casual talk, rude, and despicable.”
Being a country’s senior politician, Tang has
“no international standard,” said Nakatani.
Tang requested Japan properly
handle the Yasukuni Shrine issue.
Nakatani responded that the Japanese government’s active
pacifism is based on freedom, democracy and the laws
that govern the diplomatic policy.
Regarding Japanese firms being attacked during
an anti-Japanese parade last year in China,
Yasuo Fukuda, former Japanese Prime Minister,
says that it hurts all people in Japan.
He urged China to stop such violence in the future.
Xie Xuanjun, former Professor of the State University
of New York: “Between China and Japan, the Diaoyu Islands
dispute is the tip of iceberg, just a fuse.
Behind it is a historic feud.”
Although both countries’representatives had an argument,
it didn’t influence their signing of the Beijing Consensus.
The Beijing Consensus was announced
at the end of the forum.
It states that the two countries should eternally hold on
to the principle of peaceful co-existence;
Facing the current dispute over the Diaoyu Islands issue,
it is imperative for the two governments to have a dialogue
and negotiations to solve the dispute through peaceful means,
and establish a crisis control mechanism to prevent conflicts
or even military conflicts.
Xie Xuanjun: “A Sino-Japanese War is likely inevitable.
It is the issue of the scale of the war.
Currently, both sides vowing not to start a war actually
shows they are going to have a war.”
Xia Ming, Professor of Political Science at the City
University of New York: “There are signs that the civil
society, military, and intellectual circles hope to fight Japan.
They even to talk about fighting the US.
These words continued to demonize the Japanese in China,
thus the hatred and discrimination against Japan
amongst the civilians is soaring.”
The Beijing-Tokyo Forum was co-sponsored by China Daily
and Japanese Genron NPO.
The forum is held each year in Beijing and Tokyo in turn.
The two-day forum this year had about 60 attendees
from political, economic, and journalistic circles.
They exchanged views on politics, security, economy
and media, exploring ways to improve bilateral relations.
Both sides agreed to avoid military conflict over the Diaoyu
Islands, establishing a maritime liaison mechanism.
Regarding Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Ape’s active
pacifism, China accused Ape of greatly changing
Japan’s postwar defense strategy.
The Japanese side criticized China of increased defense
spending and non-transparency.
China’s Major General Zhu Chenghu defended that
“this is an inevitable military development of China.”
Zhu attributed the tense East Asian situation to the US
Meanwhile, the BBC Chinese edition website reported that
Japan’s defense ministry made an announcement on Oct. 27.
They spotted the military aircrafts Y-8 and H-6 flying
over public seas between Chongsheng Island and Gonggu Islands.
The Chinese aircraft flew back and forth
between the East Sea and the Pacific ocean.
Two fighter jets Y-8 and two H-6 were spotted for a third
consecutive day following this flight path.
Japan’s defense ministry was on high alert
regarding China’s action.