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HK, China activists place Diaoyutais ads in U.S., U.K. newspapers

ROC Central News Agency

2012/12/03 17:48:33

Taipei, Dec. 3 (CNA) Activists from Hong Kong and China have spent more than 1 million Chinese yuan (US$160,490) to run full page advertisements in major newspapers in the United States and the United Kingdom to state China's sovereignty over the island group, the Beijing News reported on Monday.

The daily cited sources from members of the Chinese People's League for the Protection of the Diaoyutai Islands saying that it has aligned with activists from Hong Kong to place the same ad in the New York Times and the Times of London on Dec. 1., in an effort to condemn the Japanese government's purchase of the disputed islets from Japanese citizens who had claimed private ownership of them.

The move marks the first time that activists from Hong Kong and China have fought back in print since Japan's Tokyo metropolitan government ran an ad in the Wall Street Journal in July this year to rally support for its purchase of the island group.

Located some 100 nautical miles northeast of Taiwan, the Diaoyutai Islands, known as Diaoyu Islands in China and Senkakus in Japan, have been under Japan's control since 1972, but are also claimed by Taiwan and China.

The ad by the Chinese and Hong Kong activists said that Japan had massacred 30 million Asian people during the World War II. Among them, 20 million were Chinese people, it noted.

The Japanese government still refused to admit its wartime crimes and to apologize to the victims, the ad said.

Tong Zeng, president of the Chinese People's League for the Protection of the Diaoyutai Islands, said activists chose to place the ad on Dec. 1, which marked the 69th anniversary since the Cairo Declaration was published.

He said the move was designed to ask "everyone to respect history, to follow international treaties, and to not tolerate signs of resurgent Japanese militarism in order to avoid wars."

The ad urged the governments of the U.K. and the U.S., as well as citizens of the two countries to respect and follow the principles as laid out in the Cairo Declaration and the Potsdam Declaration, in which the two countries had taken part in drawing up toward the end of World War II.

Both treaties support Chinese sovereignty over the island group, according to the ad.

Tong added that the funding of the two advertisements came from the donation of the Hong Kong-based Wai Ming Charitable Foundation Fund.

(By Charles Kang and Ann Chen)

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