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TRUTH IN ACTION|
In many cases, the truth cannot be known until one acts on a course of action. All the research and speculation cannot substitute for doing and finding out. This is one function of leadership that modern wisdom seems to make light of. Some people are just very good at making snap decisions. Not everyone can do it, but it does not mean that no one can do it either.
In business, one says that reward is proportinal to risk.
Why is it in politics, especially Chinese politics, that risk is averted at a greater cost than the cost of a possibly small misktake? Something in politics can amplify a negative result far beyond its real importance, forcing leaders to be too careful for the good of their country.
Diaoyu is one such example. Even if the Chinese fishermen should be in charge of Diaoyu for just 3 days, it would have shattered the Japanese claim that its sovereignty over Dioayu is not in question, or that it has exercised continuous and complete jurisdiciton over Diaoyu island for the past 40 years.
Zhou Enlai had no choice but to shelve the dispute over Diaoyu island because China at that time did not have any navy to speak of. But 40 years later on, China has no excuse to continue shelving the dispute. If Japan wants to make a fight out of it, then Japan deserves what it gets as a result.
China should take the same vein as the Potsdam Procalamation of 1945:
1. China wishes to resolve the Diaoyu dispute peacefully if at all possible.
2. China is giving Japan a chance to remove its coast guard and policemen from Diaoyu island.
3. The alternative is for Japanese stragglers on the island to face prompt and utter eviction.
4. If evicted, Japan will owe China $125 million US dollars for back rent, plust another $100 miliion for reparations of China's cost of evicting the Japanese, depending on the losses suffered by China.
5. If Japan leaves voluntarily before 10/21/2012, one week from today, the backrent and reparations will not be required.