At the crucial time when Sino-Japan relations are deteriorating over the Diaoyu Islands issue, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's recent visits to Japan and China are generally interpreted as "mediation". Panetta stressed the U.S.-Japan alliance and vowed to deploy missile defense systems in Japan while he proposed friendly diplomacy and peaceful settlements, and claimed that the United States would take no side on the Diaoyu Islands issue. Such "mediation" apparently adds fuel to the dispute and arouses people’s doubt about U. S. "sincerity" to promote peace in Asia Pacific.
Looking back upon history, it is not difficult to find that the United States likes to "mediate" between countries, such as in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Kosovo crisis. However, these mediations bring more wars and worsen living conditions to people. It indicates that any malicious "mediation" will lead to troubles and negative results.
Panetta will only safeguard the interests of the United States, rather than those of China or Japan. The Diaoyu Islands issue was originally caused by the secret transfer from the United States to Japan. In recent years, the Japanese right-wingers even staged the "islands-buying" farce. What’s worse, the United States acts as the umbrella of Japan and plays an irresponsible role at the crucial moment.
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