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Friday, September 7, 2012

Chinese Press Review: New York Times (reportedly) Watered Down Chen Guangbiao’s Diaoyu Islands ad

Main Link: Ren Min Net (Renmin Ribao), September 7, 2012

Chen Guangbiao‘s (陈光标) ad, referred to by Aomen [Macau] Daily and Ren Min Net respectively, was bilingual. My translation is from the Ren Min Net article in Chinese, and doesn’t account for the ad’s actual wording in English. China Smack has a screenshot of the ad, and quotes excerpts from it.

Links within blockquotes added during translation – JR

An editorial by “Aomen Daily” on September 6 says that Chinese entrepreneur Chen Guangbiao, in his recent ad in the “New York Times” on the Diaoyu islands, also asked: “If Japan announced that Hawaii was Japanese territory, how would Americans feel about that? This line is very good. It’s easy to see that Japan denies its aggressive history and its war responsibilities, and America can’t encourage this unhealthy tendency to run wild. Although Japan is currently under America’s leadership and strictly follows it, who can tell when [Japan] may turn hostile, thus making America shoot its own feet?


The following are excerpts from the [Aomen Daily] article.


Chinese entrepreneur Chen Guangbiao recently published an ad on the Diaoyu islands in the “New York Times” and also asked: “If Japan announced that Hawaii was Japanese territory, how would Americans feel about that? What action would the American government take?” Chen Guangbiao asks a good question, as it calls on the American government and people from all walks of life to condemn Japan’s provocative behavior, and reminds them that the scars and pains from the Second World War must not be forgotten.


In the continuously heatening Diaoyu islands dispute, Chen Guangbiao published a half-page ad in Chinese and English in the “New York Times”, in Chinese and English, stating to the world: “Japanese right-wing elements are violating Chinese Diaoyu islands”, “the Diaoyu islands have since ancient times been Chinese territory”. It is said that in the ad originally designed by Chen Guangbiao, part of the question was “If Japan declared Pearl Harbor to be Japanese territory, how would Americans feel about that?” But on the newspaper, “Pearl Harbor” had changed into “Hawaii”. The “New York Times” had said that the Pearl Harbor attack would be too offensive [or psychologically stimulating] for American readers. Chen Guangbiao had asked back that if this was how the American people and government felt about the Pearl Harbor attack, shouldn’t they also understand how we, the Chinese, feel when seeing how Japan’s flag is put on the Diaoyu islands?


The following paragraph mainly deplores the finding of Chen Guangcheng that more than 95 per cent of Americans didn’t know “the truth” about the Senkaku (Chinese: Diaoyu) islands. All the more, America and the world needed be told that the islands were China’s. Chen was, in his own words, practicing a patriotic entrepreneur’s responsibility. (陈光标做广告前在美国花了10天时间,先后在纽约、波士顿、旧金山等大城市的街头做了上千份调查问卷。他发现“至少95%以上的美国人民并不知道钓鱼岛真相”,这更加坚定了他一定要在美国媒体上刊登钓鱼岛广告的信念,他要“告诉美国民众、告诉全世界:钓鱼岛是中国的”。陈光标说,没有通过谩骂、攻击,而是刊登报纸广告来文明、严肃地表达爱国思想、来阐述中国人民的立场、来向对钓鱼岛争端鲜有概念的美国人民普及常识是一种非常理性、睿智、文明的表达方式,也践行了一名爱国企业家的责任。)

It’s not surprising that the average American citizen doesn’t know the truth about the Diaoyu islands. Whatis surprising is that the American government doesn’t know where the Diaoyu islands belong, and on the one hand says that it “doesn’t take sides”, and on the other say that [the islands] are covered by the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan. Didn’t America’s leaders want to give the Ryukyu islands to China, during the Second World War? [The last sentence seems to suggest that if that was so, there could be no doubt where the Senkaku islands belonged, as those were under “Chinese Taiwan’s Yilan County’s jurisdiction. If you read Chinese, you can look the line up in the Chinese article’s paragraph which follows this one.]


In the old days, there was a documentary movie called “Teutonic Sword in Action” [could be this one], a careful and detailed analysis of pre-war European indulgence which helped the devil (姑息养奸), allowing the painful history of growing German fascism. Just as in today’s Japan, the extreme-right ideology is spreading, with the government adding fuel to the flames. Government and people, superiors and subordinates, [the economy and domestic politics] dispute neighboring countries’ territory, deny the history of comfort women, and do all they can to expand military power. It is easy to see that Japan denies its aggressive history and war responsibilities just to get rid of the restricitons the international community imposed after the Second World War, to return to its militarist ways. America must not act as if it doesn’t see this, let alone encourage this unhealthy tendency to run wild. Although Japan is currently under America’s leadership and strictly follows it, who can tell when [Japan] may turn hostile, thus making America shoot its own feet?


In fact, since WW2, America and Japan have had a special relationship. Chen Guangbiao hopes that America’s politicians and people will gradually understand the fundamental fact that the Diaoyu islands are China’s, respect China’s sovereignty, condemn Japan’s provocative behavior, put pressure on Japan’s extreme right, and play its role as the world’s superpower and maintain stability and security in the West pacific.

America’s position, although ambiguous in its own view, is in fact very clear at its core; it supports Japan’s opposition against China’s ownership of the Diaoyu islands. This is a very dangerous position, and not at all advantageous for stability in the western Pacific. People have to worry that America’s strong intervention and support for Japan on the Diaoyu islands issue will harden Japan’s government’s tough stance and encourages its right-wing forces’ arrogance, which will be extremely harmful to security and stability in the western Pacific.


The Obama administration’s “return to the pacific strategy” intends to suppress China’s rise, to keep [China] from challenging America’s position. This kind of cold-war ideology goes against the tide of the times, against peaceful development. An editorial published by America’s “Wall Street Journal” points out that currently, America’s strategy’s biggest problem is that it is blurred and without a clear outlook. That can’t solve the Asia-Pacific problems, and even, because of excessive commitments, exacerbate regional uncertainties. China doesn’t intend to compete with America about whatever position, it only hopes that America will do more to help regional peace and stability. As for the Diaoyu islands problem, America should follow through on having no certain position.


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