The Chinese warn the US on comments over the Diaoyu-Senkaku Islands

by Chris Zappone

Naturally the Chinese respond to the reiterated US support of Japan with a warning.

From China Daily.

“We urge the US side to adopt a responsible attitude in regard to the issue of the Diaoyu Islands. It should be careful with its words, and act and maintain regional peace, stability and the general situation of China-US relations with practical actions and build credit with the Chinese people,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang.

But let’s cut to the chase. Here’s the part where after some diplomatic-ese, the tone turns.

“The comments by the US side are ignorant of facts and indiscriminate of rights and wrongs,” Qin said.

It’s never clear to me if the tone-shift is a matter of Chinese-English translation or the jarring contrast between equanimous tone and the brass-tacks is intended. Needless to say, there is little sign of the tensions easing over this.