It's sad, but we Chinese really need to get rid of this [demand, demand, and more demands for apology's practices] because, if I view it as silly an not accommodating to the incident at hand, then so will millions upon millions of people the world over, white yellow and brown, too, see it as outrageous and unbecoming act and as such, such demands can only have negative affects on us as it tends to tarnish our image as a true great nation rather than as a benefit to us...
I mean did we [demanded] any apologies when from the Russians when this Russian frigate fired on a Chinese registered freighter when it left a Russian Eastern port?
Did we [demanded] any apology from the Filipinos when they fired on our fishing vessels or did we [demanded] any apologies from the Vietnamese when they try to arrest Chinese fishermans fishing in our own waters in the South China Sea or Indonesia who did same???
Apologies, if any, should come naturally and it should be on the free-wills and on the self-induced emotional misgivings of the party issuing any such apology and not [via pressure of political force]
In my book, this forcing of demands for apology should not only applies to the territorial disputes over the DYT and/or of the South China Sea, [it should also apply to Nanjing] because: forced apologies is never never authentic and forced apologies is never ever from the heart. I mean is that what China wanted? To forced people into submission via torturous means (in this case political pressure) as in old feudalistic warlord infested abusive days of China's past?
When we demanded an apology for the EP-3, yes, they caved in and they issued us an apology, reluctantly of course, hence they turned around and met our [demand] with a conniving and giggling smile: instead of an apology, it was drafted in such a way such that it turned into a joke against the demanding party instead.
I mean do we have intellectuals in China whose English is sufficiently enough to be able go through all of the "fine prints and/or read my lips wordings" that the Americans are synominous for when it comes to word plays? I don't think so. No, Not even to this very day.
So, stop this silliness Beijing! The storm had settled. Let not stir the currents.