Noda's statement over Diaoyu Islands tramples U.N. Charter - ...
BEIJING, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's remarks to the U.N. General Assembly over China's Diaoyu Islands are unfounded countercharges against Beijing and a bald-faced mocking and trampling of the Charter of the United Nations.
Noda said the Diaoyu islands were "an integral part" of Japanese territory "in the light of history and of international law," insisting there could be no compromise with Beijing on their ownership.
He also claimed "any attempt to realize a country's ideology or claim by unilateral use of force or threat is inconsistent with the fundamental spirit of the U.N. Charter and is against the wisdom of human beings, thus absolutely unacceptable."
Noda is not in the position to resort to the U.N. Charter and international law in defending his government's policies pertaining to territorial and maritime disputes.
The United Nations was established on the basis of victory in the world anti-fascist war and has been designed since its founding in 1945 to exempt future generations from "the scourge of war" and to ensure postwar justice, peace and security worldwide.
As a country which waged wars of aggression in the past century, Japan should first confess its past war atrocities and apologize to the governments and peoples it invaded.
Tokyo should also earnestly implement the Cairo Declaration and the Potsdam Proclamation, which were unconditionally accepted by the Japanese government and stipulated in the Instrument of Surrender, and return all territories it occupied from other countries.
But on the contrary, Japan, despite being a vanquished country, has not only been trying to cover up its wartime atrocities, but is attempting once again to snatch Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islets, which are an inherent part of Chinese territory.
Such a move is an open denial of the outcomes of the victory of the world anti-fascist war, and a shameless scheme aimed at turning back the wheel of history.
Too add insult to injury, the Japanese U.N. representative, in his address during the General Assembly debate, even blatantly cited the unequal Treaty of Shimonoseki to justify Japan's illegal claim to the islands.
This self-deceiving argument is once again brazen distortion of history and the use of this logic of robbers is a grave insult to all the Chinese, including the Taiwanese compatriots.
The Treaty of Shimonoseki was imposed on the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) government by the Japanese imperialists, but repealed by the Chinese government after the end of World War II.
In addition, the Cairo Declaration and the Potsdam Proclamation clearly stipulate that Japan must return all the territory stolen from China, including the Diaoyu Islands.
That Japan invokes the unequal Treaty of Shimonoseki, signed during the invasion, as a proof to its illegal claim to China's inherent territory exposes its entrenched nature of aggression, which will certainly sound the alarm to all peace-loving countries and people, especially those once invaded by Japanese imperialists.