Did Xi Call Diaoyu/Senkakus A “Core Interest?”
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Did Xi Call Diaoyu/Senkakus A “Core Interest?”


Friday China links:

There is something of a delayed controversy coming out of the Sunnylands summit between Presidents Xi Jinping and Barack Obama last week. On Wednesday, Japan’s The Asahi Shimbun reported that Japanese officials had told the newspaper that President Xi told Obama during the summit that the Diaoyu Islands were a “core interest” for China. From China’s perspective, that would put the islands on par with places like Tibet and Taiwan. However, as the Japan Times reported, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suga, immediately denied the report, saying in a press conference “Our understanding is that the Chinese side did not directly connect the Senkakus to (their) core interests.”

On a related subject, the New York Times reports there is a growing push in China to claim Japan’s Okinawa islands, which hosts U.S. military personnel.

The Economic Observer reports on ballooning local government debt in China, noting that the peak repayment period for much of it is 2013 and 2014. Little wonder then that the China Securities Journal is advocating for interest rate cuts.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Finance’s treasury bond sale on Friday was disappointing at best, as the IMF, World Bank, and major international investing firms sour on China’s short-term economic outlook.

Reuters’ Editor Gary Regenstreif sees a looming rivalry between China and the U.S. over Latin America, while the New Yorker uniquely wonders if China is the new imperialist power in Africa.

Over at the Lowy Interpreter, Stephen Grenville wonders if China already is a responsible economic stakeholder.

What did we miss? Want to share an important article with other readers? Please submit your links in the comment box below!

June 18, 2013 at 03:17

Would the CCP Elites send their kids to the front line or they are siting comfortable some where in the West breathing clean air, driving luxary cars?


TV Monitor
June 18, 2013 at 02:41

@ Bankotsu

Because wiretapping and hacking into foreign telcom service and servers without a warrant is not against the US law. So called the privacy and the requirement for warrants is covered only for the persons and servers located within the US.

Anyhow, the US already acknowledged its legal obligation to defend and recover Diaoyu Islands on behalf of Japan, so the US Navy and the Air Force will show up at the Diaoyu Islands with a 100% certainty on the day of the Chinese invasion to retake the islands. The only realistic way that China could reclaim the islands is to go to the ICJ, which Japan already promised to meet anyone's legal challenges at the ICJ.

June 17, 2013 at 18:30

"And the US takes its legal obligations seriously…"

Then why U.S. conducted illegal hacks into China and HK?

June 17, 2013 at 16:11

it is quite humiliating all Chinese know it as 100 years of shameful humiliation that lands being taken and divided up by the western's mighty weaponary…that's why China needs to strengthen its national defense and reclaim Diaoyutai!

TV Monitor
June 17, 2013 at 05:30

@ Kim's Uncle

China isn't stupid enough to threaten Russia, much less the US.

TV Monitor
June 17, 2013 at 05:29

@ Bankotsu

You don't seem to understand that the US has a explicit legal obligation to intervene in case of a Chinese invasion under the US-Japan mutual defense treaty. This is not an implied promise like the US intervention during the Chinese invasion of Taiwan, but a written obligation. And the US takes its legal obligations seriously because it is a country ruled by law, unlike China.

Of course the US will intervene under any circumstance. 

June 15, 2013 at 12:28

Xi Jinping telling Obama that Diaoyu islands is one of the core interests is mainly to prevent miscalculations from hotheads on the U.S. side.

Kim's Uncle
June 15, 2013 at 08:10

So when will China be able to call Upper Manchuria a "core interest"?  China lost over 600,000 sq. km. of Chinese territory from Russia but can't muster up the courage to acknowledge what it lost?  I guess it would be too humiliating to acknowledge that a country can lose that much land. 

Oro Invictus
June 15, 2013 at 04:30

Here’s a few good articles:

An NYT article giving an overview of a new book being released which explores PRC technology transfer; specifically, the authors posit such transfer is and will be necessary as the PRC is unwilling to allow plural, open socio-governmental systems which foster innovation, such that they “import the technology of the ‘West’ [hate that term] without importing the political freedoms”.  



A couple of posts from War Is Boring, the first discussing Japanese considerations regarding the acquisition and utilization of carriers and the latter discussing how concerns regarding the PRC’s submarines may be overblown.




And a final article from Wired going over the Tianhe-2 supercomputer (now the world’s fastest) and the state of supercomputing in the PRC and the US in general; in particular, the article notes that the US was planned to produce, and had the infrastructure for, a supercomputer more powerful than the Tianhe-2 by 2010, but budgetary improprieties and bureaucratic issues have unnecessarily retarded this.


Leonard R.
June 14, 2013 at 21:04

Who cares what Xi called the Senkakus? Beijing has already claimed the western coastline of Philippines, the eastern coastline of Vietnam & the entire coastline of Breunei as its territory.

Dear Diplomat – what does it matter what Xi says about the Senkakus? Beijing has already put the world on notice. Parsing the words of some CPC leader's speech is a meaningless exercise. There is a monster growing in the east. It doesn't pose an  existential threat to the US yet – but it soon will. 

June 14, 2013 at 19:13

Is that the only picture you could find for your headliner? One that is utterly irrelevant to Sunnyside? 

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