Saturday, September 29, 2012

On September 29

On this day in ...
... 1972 (40 years ago today), in what then still was called Peking, amid a several-day official visit to the People's Republic of China by Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka, who'd been invited by Premier Chou En-lai, was issued the Joint Communique of the Government of Japan and the Government of the People's Republic of China. It began with this clause:
'1. The abnormal state of affairs that has hitherto existed between Japan and the People's Republic of China is terminated on the date on which this Joint Communique is issued.'
It ended with this one:
'9. The Government of Japan and the Government of the People's Republic of China have agreed that, with a view to further promoting relations between the two countries and to expanding interchanges of people, the two Governments will, as necessary and taking account of the existing non-governmental arrangements, enter into negotiations for the purpose of concluding agreements concerning such matters as trade, shipping, aviation, and fisheries.'
That pledge to maintain a "normal state of affairs" has been sorely tested recently, as Japan and China spat over ownership of the East China Sea islands that the former calls Senkaku; the latter, Diaoyu. (prior post)

(Prior September 29 posts are here, here, and here, and here, and here.)

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