Saturday, January 26, 2013

Diaoyutai backdrop?

The Diaoyutais belong to us, the patch reads
Nationalism expresses itself in different forms amid territorial disputes 

While the series of exercises held this week in Greater Kaohsiung and Hualien did not involve the territorial dispute with Japan and China over the Diaoyutai/Senkaku islands in the East China Sea, a number of members of the Military Journalists Association traveling with reporters had a new patch on their jackets that reads 釣魚台是我們的 ("the Diaoyutais belong to us"), with a depiction of a Taiwanese soldier planting a Republic of China flag on a rock. I was able to snap a picture of one while at Hualien AFB

Although probably not officially sanctioned — like a previous incident last year when a F-16 took off carrying a Mk82 bomb with the same inscription under its wing — one of the members said they were distributing the patches as a symbol of support for Taiwan's claims to the islets.

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