Loss out­weighs gains for Ja­pan’s med­dling in S. China Sea

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNACIONAL -

OUR COR­RE­SPON­DENT BEI­JING—De­spite Bei­jing’s re­peated call that out­sider coun­tries play a con­struc­tive role on the South China Sea is­sue, Tokyo seems to have stepped up its med­dling moves, at the cost of re­gional sta­bil­ity and with­out giv­ing any thought to its re­la­tions with China.

In the lat­est of Ja­pan’s se­ries of ma­neu­vers to seek greater in­flu­ence over the is­sue, Koro Bessho, Ja­panese am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions, said on the first day Ja­pan took over the monthly ro­tat­ing pres­i­dency of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil that he would put the is­sue on the agenda of the 15-mem­ber coun­cil if there is a re­quest from its mem­bers, or other UN mem­bers.

Con­sid­er­ing Ja­pan’s re­cent records in hi­jack­ing meet­ings and fo­rums to highlight its “deep con­cern” over the South China Sea, Bessho’s re­marks on July 1 could eas­ily be an in­vi­ta­tion for voices against China, at a time when an ar­bi­tra­tion case uni­lat­er­ally ini­tia­tive by the Philip­pines against China is cap­tur­ing news head­lines.

Bessho’s re­marks also marked the sec­ond of such prac­tices by a prom­i­nent Ja­panese politi­cian within a week, af­ter Ja­panese Vice For­eign Min­is­ter Shin­suke Sugiyama said ear­lier that he was “closely watch­ing” how a UN tri­bunal rules in the ar­bi­tra­tion case. Though be­ing not a rel­e­vant party in the South China Sea dis­pute, Ja­pan has shown ex­cep­tional in­ter­est in hyp­ing up the is­sue and fu­el­ing ten­sion in the vast body of wa­ter.

By do­ing so, it aims for gains in mul­ti­ple fronts, first and fore­most for lever­age against China re­gard­ing the Diaoyu Is­lands in the East China Sea.

An­other mo­tive is to ce­ment its al­liance with the United States, which, as the world’s top power, im­poses it­self over the South China Sea is­sue in an un­mis­tak­able en­deavor to con­tain China.

While Ja­pan’s tricks of fan­ning the flames in the South China Sea may earn it­self a rep­u­ta­tion as a faith­ful lieu­tenant of the United States, they could hardly land Tokyo in a more fa­vor­able po­si­tion in deal­ing with Bei­jing.

And for any clear-eyed ob­server, what Ja­pan has done in the past few months re­gard­ing the South China Sea has only com­pli­cated the is­sue and threat­ens to dis­turb decades-long sta­bil­ity in the re­gion.

He who plays with fire gets burnt. To avoid the fate of be­ing in­cin­er­ated in flames it helps to start in the first place, Ja­pan should waste no time in halt­ing any coun­ter­pro­duc­tive ac­tions that make a fi­nal peace­ful set­tle­ment of the dis­putes more dis­tant. with four counts of first de­gree mur­der while com­mit­ting ag­gra­vated child ne­glect in the deaths of her three daugh­ters and one son - all un­der the age of 5. Their bod­ies were found af­ter deputies en­tered her apart­ment in a gated com­mu­nity in un­in­cor­po­rated Shelby County on Fri­day.

Gard­ner also faces four counts of first de­gree mur­der while com­mit­ting ag­gra­vated child abuse, four counts of ag­gra­vated child ne­glect or en­dan­ger­ment, and four counts of ag­gra­vated child abuse.—Agen­cies

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