The Taipei Times reports on some of the fallout from this silliness:
About 10 percent of Japanese tour groups with bookings to visit Taiwan have canceled their travel plans amid a territorial dispute over the Diaoyutai Islands (釣魚台), local media reported.The second sentence contains a gross error, as the islands have been Japanese since 1895. This is a CNA report, but the fact that such sentences occur, without comment or nuance, is scary. The tour groups said the cancellations were caused by fears of encounters with Chinese tourists, but the report also said that the incident where Taiwanese and Japanese ships exchange water cannon fire caused Japanese to think that China and the ROC are ganging up on Tokyo. This may be the government's intention, but I kinda doubt it. The ROC claim to the Senkakus is so faux and so disconnected from reality..... UPDATE: Yankdownunder observes:
Located about 185km northeast of Taiwan, the Diaoyutais — known as the Senkaku Islands in Japan — have been under Japan’s control since 1972, but are also claimed by Taiwan and China.
- Error 3: The move sparked widespread protests in China that hurt Japanese businesses. J businesses were looted and burned. That sentence like most reports is very misleading.
- Error 4: engaged in a water-cannon altercation in waters near the Diaoyutais on Sept. 25. Wrong! not near but in Japanese waters.
One negative consequence of the Senkaku blitz by Beijing is the creeping realization by the world's media that right-wingers in China claim Okinawa, and that the Senkakus are related to the Ryukyus in Chinese minds. It was a pleasure this week to see AFP, whose reporting has at times been remarkably pro-Beijing, come out with a piece on that very topic. Its grasp of history is sketchy but it sure is nice to see...
The belief that China has a legitimate claim to the Ryukyu Islands has existed among flag-wavers in China -- and Taiwan -- for years.This follows a WaPo piece a few months back.
But it has been given new attention by the row over the uninhabited islets, known as the Diaoyu islands in China, which claims them, and as the Senkaku chain in Japan, which controls them.
Efforts by President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) administration to sign free-trade agreements (FTA) with other nations has failed to show any concrete results thus far, a report from the Legislature’s Budgetary Research Center has said, adding that “it lacks clear strategic planning and negotiation mechanisms and is inefficient in forging domestic consensus.”I am assured that the Budgetary Research Center is non-partisan, by people in the know, much like the GAO. Its reports are alas, not available online. Ma spoke on that topic recently, apparently aware of the report. Talk is cheap. Where are my FTAs?
- Chiayi city councilman attempts to buy speaker's spot.
- Banana Kingdom of Taiwan
- Taiwan behind Hong Kong in Chinese tourists. Thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster. We should be seeking ways to diversify our arrivals.
- India enticing Taiwanese business. Yay!
- China denies visas to Japanese members of Taiwan orchestra.
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