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which country do you think the diaoyu island belongs to

recently china has done much to protect its land from japan

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  • Sep 15 2012: No people live there so you can't hold a referendum (though the very thought of letting people democratically choose whether they want to belong to an undemocratic nation strikes me as very odd), the islands are closest to Taiwan but they've only been settled by one country in the past: Japan. I'd say they belong to Japan, because of the past settlement, but it's a very complicated matter.
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      Sep 15 2012: oh my god !it can't be ture.china is the first country to find and name it !although we haven't sent people there but it can't be denied that we have the sovereignty.
      • Sep 15 2012: Well, you aksed my opinion and my opinion is that the first country that bothers developing the islands is the rightful owner, alternatively the islands could go to Taiwan because of proximity. If discovery alone was enoguh than many European nations could start claiming territories around the world that they never developed.
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        Sep 16 2012: So the first human group or culture to find some land and name it should get to keep it forever?

        Were the Han Chinese the first cultural group to find and name what is now the territory controlled by the Chinese Communist Party?

        The Ainu were the first people we know of to populate the islands of Japan. By your logic they should get control of JApan.

        The Aborigines in Australia were the first peoples here. Should they get it all back.

        The Tibetans probably have more right to Tibet than the Han Communists?

        I sympathise in that it is a complex issue. In the past the strongest have gotten to control land.

        Now we generally try to avoid wars, at least nuclear ones.

        I guess there are groups with claims to parts of mainland China with at least as much of a claim as the Han Communists have to these islands.

        And John, most of the world was discovered and populated before the Europeans re discovered it.

        Anyway, there are international mechanisms for deciding these things and one party is not going to be happy.

        Every nation that exists probably has been in the hands on many different groups at different times.

        I guess many US people would get upset if the Mexican asked for Texas back. OR the Native americans demanded the whole continent back.
      • Sep 16 2012: why is it about power...
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          Sep 17 2012: ehhh....because power is in our life .we should face it bravely

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