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U.S. Plays Double Game In China-Japan Island Dispute

Xinhua News Agency
August 30, 2012

Commentary: U.S. should stop playing double game
Edited by RR

BEIJING: An awkward moment was seen Tuesday when a U.S. State Department spokeswoman shunned a question from a Xinhua reporter regarding the territorial status of the Diaoyu Islands.

At a regular briefing, Victoria Nuland ignited a controversy by saying that the U.S.’s official name for the Diaoyu Islands is the Senkakus, Japan’s naming for the uninhabited islands in the East China Sea.

She then moved hastily to the next question without explaining the contradiction between Washington’s self-proclaimed neutrality and its commitment to Japan to provide necessary security support for the islands should they come under attack.

It is the double game the United States plays that reduces Nuland to silence.

Though asserting it does not take a position on the question of the ultimate sovereignty of the Diaoyu Islands, Washington has never ceased to employ gamesmanship to roil the waters in the region.

Take the naming of the islands for example. It is a normal practice and a show of neutrality for a third party to simultaneously mention the names used by all the claimants when it comes to a disputed territory, but Washington refuses to follow that practice.

Though the choice of name possesses no legal effect, it does have a political connotation, which is explained by Washington’s series of moves.

As tensions between China and Japan continued to rise and opened a huge rift within the region, Washington staged a 37-day joint drill with Tokyo, stirring up the already volatile waters.

What’s more, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who will discuss tensions in the South China Sea during an upcoming trip to China, suggested the Diaoyu Islands fall within the scope of the Japan-U.S. security pact, lending veiled support to Tokyo’s claim over the islands.

All these moves show that Washington has strayed off its commitment to not taking sides in the territorial dispute between China and Japan, which, in part, stemmed from U.S. strategic concerns that a rising China would be a threat.

Cold War thinking would be detrimental to China-U.S. relations, which are increasingly important for both regional and world peace and stability.

To be trustworthy partner, the United State should back up its words with actions and abandon the double game.

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