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On June 3, 2013, China's top representative to the Shangrila Dialogue, Qi Jianguo, Deputy Chief of Staff of the PLA, made a stunning statement that seems to reverse China's current stance that Diaoyudao is a part of China's sovereign territory, by harking back to Deng who said some thirty years ago, that the dispute over Diaoyudao should be solved by the next generation which may be wiser than the present. In the face of Japanese insistence that there is no such understanding of postponing the determination of sovereignty of Diaoyudao, and with Japan having already officially annexed Diaoydao by having the Japanese national government buy it from a civilian on 9/11/2012, China's unilateral declaration of postponement of the determination of the sovereignty of Diaoyudao smacks of a climb down en grande. While Deng's statement made perfect sense 30 years ago, it is doubtful that he would have said the same thing, in the face of Japan's official annexation of Diaoyudao. To ignore these changes to the status quo, and binding the Chinese government and people to the no longer applicable statement of Deng is a major setback for the Chinese people, and should be corrected as soon as possible.|
China's unswerving position, as enunciated by the Deng appointed successor to Jiang, Hu Jintao, was that Diaoyudao is a part of the sovereign territory of China, that cannot be disputed, in answer to the Japanese announcement of annexation of this island on September 11, 2012.
Is this the beginning of the selling out of China's islands, by taking Deng out of context, which his handpicked successor, Hu did not find appropriate to apply to the present situation? We shall see in the events unfolding over the next week. If Diaoyudao is unilaterally dropped by China, in the face of Japanese intransigence about its sovereignty, then it is simply a declaration of surrender, not a declartion of sovereignty, and the whole foreign policy program needs to be thoroughly reviewed before moving one inch further backward.