The main story on Phoenix TV’s midday news on Jan. 24, after its reporter left with the Diaoyutais activists early that morning, said that Xi would meet with Yamaguchi the next day. This was followed by a detailed “exclusive” report on the Taiwanese movement to protect the Diaoyutais.
Only two minutes were spent on Yamaguchi’s activities, yet the report on the Taiwanese Diaoyutais activists was given seven minutes.
According to Japanese media, Xi gave a very positive evaluation of Abe in his meeting with Yamaguchi.
The result of the whole episode was that the tension between Japan and China seemed to relax, while Taiwan’s relations with both Japan and the US became increasingly tense. One could argue that sowing division between Taiwan on the one hand, and the US and Japan on the other, is precisely what China is aiming for strategically.
One can only wonder if President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and the nation’s national security agencies are completely unaware that they are being used, or that they have already entered into a strategic partnership with China.
Paul Lin is a political commentator.
Translated by Perry Svensson