OK, not really. But this story in the New York Times was a bit jaw-dropping.
Me, I’m still ambivalent about the whole giving-it-back-to-Japan thing. It would have made a great state. (The honorable Senator Keiko Itokazu, one of the few Democrats from this usually Republican state and vital legislative ally of her fellow Mormon, Harry Reid. C’mon, you can see it.) At the very least, a compact of free association with an Okinawa Republic. But it was not meant to be.
So I can’t call the Chinese who want the Ryukyus to become an independent state under Chinese suzerainty completely crazy. (After all, an Okinawa Republic with a CFA is nothing more than “an independent state under American suzerainty.”) And it would have the additional benefit of pushing the American strategic perimeter away from China.
But I find it hard to take random non-official Chinese claims seriously enough to warrant a page 4 story in the what is still America’s paper of record. Slow news day? Or am I missing something about the seriousness of what looks from the outside to be random noise?