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LinkAsia | Jan 25
Japan reached out to China this week in an attempt to resolve the ongoing dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands. New Komeito party leader Natsuo ...
The Hong Kong activists who landed on Senkaku actually managed to plant Chinese flags on the islands, which China calls the Diaoyu. Chinese state broadcaster CCTV interviews an activist who's calling for a tougher response from Beijing against Japan's claims.
The Chinese activists are risking their lives in order to land on the island. Not only that, but they also planted a national flag there. What's the significance of this successful landing, though?
Gregory Yingnien Tsang, Former Activist:
Actions speak better than words. I think these activists have accomplished what they set out to do. They landed on the island, put the flags in -- PRC flag and ROC flag. It's a strong indication of the joint effort by people all over the place: Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and mainland China. So these seven do accomplish that. Now of course, the response from the Japanese side is a little bit excited, I believe. They have detained five of them, and now it's up to the Japanese government what to do next. They're given this particular task. I think the reaction coming from Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China is very strong and severe, so we have not seen the last chapter of this development. I think from now on, it's crucial for mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao to have a joint effort, a planned action to deal with the issue. Do not allow Japan has any chance to take over this island from us.
Were you actually surprised, though? I mean, the activists themselves were making a very, very major statement by planting a flag there, landing, even trying to go to the islands. But do you think that...you mentioned they're excessive, was the word you used there to describe the Japanese response. Were you surprised nonetheless?
Gregory Yingnien Tsang:
I do believe if Japan, Japanese residents, whoever they were on the island, did not go this last step to detain the people landed on the island and let them retreat freely, I think that'd be a better solution. However, at this point, perhaps a person coming from Japan government itself to take excessive actions, they are now facing many struggles dealing with Russia, dealing with Republic of Korea, and China international dispute, perhaps they think to take a stronger stand this time would teach a lesson. But on the contrary is true, because the reaction has stirred up the Chinese feelings what happened during the Second World War. I think seeing the Japanese have done since things like that in the past, now use the same strategy, I do not believe at this point the Chinese government, the people all over the place, would take it lying down at all.