|Beijing media rounds on Wall Street Journal for being Tokyo's mouthpiece and pawn in islands stance
State media lashed out at the Wall Street Journal today for taking sides in the long-simmering dispute between Beijing and Tokyo over a cluster of islands that China claims as its own.
Referring to an online editorial Friday in the conservative American newspaper, Xinhua characterized the comment as a "trumpet for the Japanese government.''
In a signed comment, Xinhua said: "The Wall Street Journal, a mainstream US newspaper, acted as a trumpet for the Japanese government, as it published an editorial Friday claiming that the sovereignty of the Diaoyu Islands has been settled by the Americans in favor of Japan in the early 1970s.
"It even urged the Obama administration to be ``more explicit''that the islands in the East China Sea are Japanese, so that Beijing is more likely to back down.''
Xinhua observed that the editorial marked "the first time for a major US newspaper to publicly call on Washington to acknowledge that the Diaoyu Islands belong to Japan, since Tokyo's "nationalization''of the uninhabited islands from private hands in late 2012.''
Xinhua also said: "By siding with the Japanese, the paper has in fact fallen victim to Japan's international lobbying and served as a pawn in Tokyo's despicable scheme to usurp on the Diaoyu Islands, which have been proved the Chinese territory since ancient times.''
Xinhua suggested that the WSJ not serve "as a mouthpiece for campaigns against peace.
"Mainstream news outlets such as the WSJ should take the lead in showing its pursuit for fact and commitment to truth, and help defuse tension for a more peaceful world, rather than act the opposite.''--The Standard