Re: Japan is definitely not supporting reunification, what is LTH on about?
- From: goodgutgut@xxxxxxxxx
- Date: 27 Nov 2005 08:18:12 -0800
Beijing seizes japan textbooks for lies
Updated: 2005-06-29 11:22
Textbooks headed for a Japanese school in China were seized by customs
officials who objected to the way maps in the books depicted the
Chinese mainland and Taiwan, an official said Tuesday.
A member of Taiwan's Labor Party demonstrates outside the Interchange
Association, in Taipei, protesting an amendment in Japanese history
The maps showed the mainland and the island in different colors, said
Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao, indicating that Beijing was
concerned this might make Taiwan seem like a separate country.
"The Japanese textbooks showed China and Taiwan in different colors,"
Liu said at a regular news briefing. "The 'one-China principle' is
paramount, so it is legitimate for China's customs to handle this
according to the law."
The 180 books had been bound for a Japanese school in the northeastern
city of Dalian.
Chinese officials also objected to the books because they identified a
set of islands in the East China Sea as part of Japanese territory.
Beijing and Tokyo have a long-running feud over the islands - called
Diaoyu by China and Senkaku by Japan - which are believed to lie near
oil and gas resources.
Japan's Kyodo News agency reported that the customs office in Dalian
demanded the school pay a $120 fine and present an explanation to
It wasn't known if the fine was paid.
Japan-China relations have been strained by a separate dispute over
Japanese textbooks that critics say minimize Tokyo's wartime
In April, protests erupted across China over that dispute and Tokyo's
campaign for a permanent U.N. Security Council seat.
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