Article for the Daily Telegraph By H.E. Ambassador LIU Xiaoming
My first ambassadorial post was to
The Cairo Declaration was a laudable outcome of the war against both
Less than two years later the Potsdam Proclamation, released on 26 July 1945, reaffirmed that: "The terms of the Cairo Declaration shall be carried out." The Japanese government accepted the Potsdam Proclamation in the Japanese Instrument of Surrender, and pledged to faithfully fulfil its obligations stipulated in the provisions of the Potsdam Proclamation.
All of these facts show that in accordance with the Cairo Declaration, the Potsdam Proclamation and the Japanese Instrument of Surrender, Diaoyu Dao, as affiliated islands of
However, up to now
History shall not be reversed. We must not forget the untold sufferings incurred during World War II.
Nazism was born in
After World War II, German and Japanese attitudes form a stark contrast. Unlike
Historical records show it is an indisputable fact that Diaoyu Dao belongs to
The Chinese government has consistently opposed these agreements between
In 1972 China-Japan relations normalised. In 1978
This year marks forty years of the normalisation of China-Japan relations. It ought to be a propitious year. The two countries had decided to hold a 'Year of Friendly Exchanges' between Chinese and Japanese people and nearly 600 exchange programmes were planned. All these were shelved following
Now the situation over Diaoyu Dao issue is escalating.
It is imperative that