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 A Dirty Deal, a Despicable Fraud

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A Dirty Deal, a Despicable Fraud

by "Renmin Ribao" Commentator

Source: Peking Review, No. 26, June 25, 1971
Transcribed for www.wengewang.org

   U.S. imperialism and the Japanese reactionaries recently struck a dirty deal on the Okinawa question after long plotting and bargaining in secret. The two sides signed on June 17 the so-called Okinawa ''reversion" agreement, alleging that the United States will "return" to Japan the Okinawa Islands it has occupied for more than 20 years. The signing of the agreement indicates that U.S.-Japanese reactionaries' military collusion has been further tightened and U.S. imperialism has fastened Japan more tightly to its war chariot so as to drive the Japanese militarist forces to serve more zealously its pursuance of the policies of aggression and war in Asia.
   The so-called Okinawa "reversion" vociferously advertised by the U.S.-Japanese reactionaries is a big fraud. In line with the agreement they signed, the United States expressed the desire to relinquish "all rights and interests" in Okinawa on the one hand and insisted on its continued "use of facilities and areas" on the islands on the other. As is well known, the United States has set up one hundred and several dozen military bases and facilities on the Okinawa Islands, taking up nearly 13 per cent of its total area of merely 2,300 square kilometres. Now the United States wants to keep most of these military bases and facilities indefinitely and only return to Japan its "administrative rights" over Okinawa- The so-called "reversion" is in fact only in name. It merely "legalizes"- the permanent occupation of Okinawa by the United States.
   The preamble of the Okinawa "reversion" agreement signed by the U.S.-Japanese reactionaries states explicitly that the two governments "reaffirmed that the reversion of these islands to Japan be carried out on the basis of the said joint communique (issued by Japan and the United States in November, 1969)." Obviously, this Is to confirm in the form of a treaty the "Japan-U.S. joint communique" which is aimed at further expanding and strengthening the U.S.-Japan military alliance. A very important point stipulated in the "Japan-U.S. joint communique" is that "the return of the administrative rights over Okinawa in the manner agreed above should not hinder the effective discharge of the international obligations assumed by the United States for the defence of countries in the Far East including Japan." In other words, after the "reversion" of Okinawa, the
United States will continue to make use oC this advance base to suppress the revolutionary struggle of the Asian peoples and carry on its war of aggression in Indochina. In fact, U.S. imperialism has been making every effort to expand and reinforce its military bases and facilities in Okinawa and has further increased the number of its troops and installations there since the publication of the Nixon-Sato joint communique. When the U.S.-Pak Jung Hi clique held last March the so-called "operation freedom vault" joint airborne manoeuvre, Okinawa was used as a "transit base." All this eloquently shows that U.S. imperialism still regards Okinawa as an important bridgehead for its aggression in Asia. Under such circumstances, is not the so-called "reversion of Okinawa" just so much nonsense?
   Sato and his ilk asserted pretentiously that Okinawa will be "nuclear free" after its "reversion" to Japan. This is also a lie. It is common knowledge that large quantities of nuclear weapons are stored in Okinawa which is the biggest U.S. nuclear base in the Far East But the agreement does not stipulate explicitly that the United States will withdraw its nuclear weapons or refrain from introducing such weapons to Okinawa. As disclosed by Nakasone, Director-General of Japanese "defence agency," when replying to questions in the Japanese Lower House not long ago, the U.S. side even does not permit the Japanese authorities to enquire whether or not the U.S. armed forces have nuclear weapons in Japan proper and Okinawa. Sato and his ilk bragged loudly about "giving Okinawa the same status as Japan proper," but actually, it is nothing but the "Okinawanization" of Japan proper, turning the whole of Japan into a nuclear base which the U.S. imperialists can use freely.
   It cannot be said that there will be no change at all after the "reversion" of Okinawa. There will be this change: while continuing to keep Okinawa as its base for aggression, U.S. imperialism will introduce Japanese armed forces into Okinawa and further incorporate the Japanese military forces In its aggressive deployment in the West Pacific, thus pushing Japanese militarism to the first line of its aggressive war in Asia. This is an important move of the Nixon government in stepping up the pursuance of its "new Asia policy" of "using Asians to fight Asians." U.S. imperialism obviously wants Co further woo the Japanese reactionaries through the "reversion" of Okinawa, step up more feverishly their military collusion and war preparations and let Japanese militarism play a bigger role in the counterrevolutionary strategy of U.S. imperialist aggression in Asia. On their part, the Japanese reactionaries, who are trying their utmost to make use of the U.S. "new Asia policy" to re-establish their sphere of influence, want to conduct military expansion in south Korea and China's territory Taiwan by using Okinawa as a springboard after gaining the administrative rights there. Therefore, the signing of the Okinawa "reversion" agreement by the U.S. and Japanese reactionaries, who collaborate with each other but have their own motives to pursue, has brought their military collusion to the new stage of building up a joint operational system in preparation for an aggressive war.
   It is noteworthy that before and after the signing of the so-called Okinawa "reversion" agreement, military and political chieftains of the U.S. and Japanese reactionaries stepped up their collusion, shuttling frequently between Washington, Tokyo, Seoul and Taipei. Not long ago, Hayao Kinugasa, Japanese chief of staff of the ground self-defence forces, went to south Korea for scheming activities. Elmo Zum-walt, Jr., U.S. Chief of Naval Operations, went to Japan to "inspect" the Yokota base. Early next month, the Sato government will dispatch a military delegation composed of top-ranking military chieftain^ to south Korea and Taiwan for military collusion with the Pak Jung Hi clique and the Chiang Kai-shek gang. U.S. Secretary of Defence Melvin Laird will "visit" Japan and south Korea. Eisaku Sato himself will also go to Seoul for sinister activities. These exceptional moves show that U.S. imperialism is greatly accelerating its pace to establish a new military alliance, with the United States as its backstage manager and Japan as Its backbone, which will direct the spearhead of its aggression against the people of Korea, China and other Asian countries. They also show that U.S. imperialism Is redoubling its efforts to enlist the service of Japanese militarism and collaborate with the Pak Jung Hi clique and the Chang Kai-shek bandit gang so as to make preparations for provoking a new aggressive war in Asia. The people of Asian countries definitely cannot remain indifferent to this.
   What makes one extremely Indignant is the fact that in the Okinawa "reversion" agreement, the U.S.-Japanese reactionaries even incorporate China's territory the Tiaoyu and other islands into the area to be "returned" to Japan in a vain attempt to seek "grounds" for the annexation of China's territory by the Japanese reactionaries and make it a fait accompli. The reactionary
Sato government has even made a hasty decision to set up an "11th maritime safety district headquarters" at Naha City on Okinawa to take charge of "patrolling" on the vast seas including the waters around China's territory the Tiaoyu and other islands. This fully reveals the unbridled ambitions of the Japanese reactionaries to annex China's territory the Tiaoyu and other islands and occupy by force the shallow seas adjacent to China by exploiting the situation created by their Okinawa "reversion" fraud. The Chinese Government and people will absolutely not tolerate these crimes of encroachment upon China's sovereignty perpetrated by the U.S.-Japanese reactionaries. Once again we warn the U.S.-Japanese reactionaries; No insidious strategems on your part can alter the fact that the Tiaoyu and other islands are an inalienable part of China's sacred territory. Your schemes to annex China's territory can never be realized.
   Our great leader Chairman Mao has pointed out: "Japan is a great nation. It will certainly not allow U.S. imperialism to ride roughshod over it for long." The demand for the return of Okinawa, for the abrogation of the Japan-U.S. "security treaty " for the dismantlement of all U.S. military bases in Japan and for the withdrawal of U.S. troops stationed there is the will and aspirations of the entire Japanese people. The Japanese people demand that the United States return Okinawa to Japan unconditionally, completely and immediately. They will never be taken in by the Okinawa "reversion" trick played by Nixon and. Sato. The continued arrogant occupation of Okinawa by U.S. imperialism and the despicable betrayal of national interests by the reactionary Sato government can only arouse still greater indignation among the broad masses of patriotic Japanese people. A raging tide opposing the Okinawa "reversion" fraud of the U.S.-Japanese reactionaries and demanding the full recovery of Okinawa is rising still more violently on the Japanese islands. The Japanese people's patriotic struggle against U.S. imperialism enjoys the resolute support of the people of China, Korea and the rest of the Asian countries. It is the Japanese people, and not the U.S.-Japanese reactionaries, who decide the destiny of Japan. "Tortuous as is the road of struggle, the prospects for the Japanese people are bright." The Japanese people will undoubtedly drive U.S. imperialism out of their soil and realize their national aspirations for independence, democracy, peace and neutrality. The criminal schemes of the U.S.-Japanese reactionaries to step up their military collusion and plot new aggressive wars will be completely smashed in the face of the Japanese people and the people of various Asian countries.

(June 20)
  
  
  

 
 
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