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11.02.2012 19:08

A Reckoning on the Diaoyus

Japan’s position on the disputed area in the East China Sea amounts to a faux naiveté that China must refuse to tolerate
By staff reporter Huang Xiang

If the mythic literary figure Faust had a counterpart in modern China, that would no doubt have been Wang Ching-wei (1883-1944). His fall from revolutionary hero to the Chinese linguistic equivalent of "Vidkun Quisling" required 30 years, while the devil needed a mere 24, before it managed to carry Faust off to hell.

But if Faust had traded his soul with the devil for worldly pleasures, at least Wang Ching-wei thought he had succeeded in bargaining for a clearly defined timeframe, in the withdrawal of Japanese troops from China proper, under his secret negotiations with the lieutenant general and spy-chief, Kagesa Sadaaki (1893-1948). It was this which prompted Wang to flee the Nationalist wartime-capital Chungking, before reappearing in Japanese-occupied Nanking, under the guise of "Chief Executive" of a provisional Chinese government.

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