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Japan deal to purchase Tiaoyutais incurs fury from mainland China

TOKYO/BEIJING -- Japan has agreed to buy a group of islands disputed with China from their private owners, a government official said on Monday, prompting an angry rebuke from China a day after Chinese President Hu Jintao warned against such an “illegal” move.

Japan aimed to nationalize the uninhabited islands in the East China Sea as soon as possible to control them in a peaceful and stable manner, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said.

“During the ministerial meeting today, we agreed that we will obtain the ownership of the three Senkaku islands as quickly as possible,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told reporters.

The islands, called Senkaku in Japan, Diaoyu in China and Tiaoyutai Islands in Taiwan are near rich fishing grounds and potentially huge maritime gas fields and have been at the heart of long-running territorial disputes between the world's second and third-largest economies.

Tension flared anew last month when Japan detained a group of Chinese activists who landed on the islands. But the row may now be having an economic impact, intensifying from merely an exchange of rhetoric, with a Chinese official saying Japanese car sales may have been hit in the world's biggest auto market.

“This is just the ownership of land, which is part of Japan's territory, moving from one (private) owner to the state, and should not cause any problem with other countries,” Fujimura said.

“Having said that, we don't want the Senkaku issue to affect overall Sino-Japanese relations. Because it is important to avoid misunderstanding and unforeseen development, we have been closely communicating with China through diplomatic channels to this day.”

But China was firm in its opposition to what it saw as a “political trend.”

“This is a serious infringement of China's sovereignty and has seriously hurt the feelings of 1.3 billion Chinese,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “The Chinese government and people express their resolute opposition and protest strongly.”

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi called in Japanese Ambassador Uichiro Niwa to lodge a strong protest, while state-run Xinhua news agency cited Premier Wen Jiabao as saying China would “never yield an inch” of territory.

September 11, 2012    victorlowt35@
Why does the island belong to a private owner? Who bought them? From whom?

Can someone enlighten me? I'm very poor in history.
September 11, 2012    redshore@
Why is it that Taiwan not incurring any fury on this dispute? I suppose Taiwan loves Japan and everything Japanese that they have forgotten that they are also Chinese and they are part of China. I want to know where they stand exactly.
September 12, 2012    cofimix@
September 11, 2012 victorlowt35@l"Why does the island belong to a private owner? Who bought them? From whom? Can someone enlighten me? I'm very poor in history."

Simple. Japan the "LYING THIEF'S OF ASIA" make up that story to occupied and robbed our islands.
September 14, 2012    de22119@
redshore@ wrote:
Why is it that Taiwan not incurring any fury on this dispute? I suppose Taiwan loves Japan and everything Japanese that they have forgotten that they are also Chinese and they are part of China. I want to know where they stand exactly.
Yes I want to know!
September 15, 2012    ludahai_twn@
redshore - Taiwan is NOT part of China, and neither are these islands.

As for the purchase by the government of Japan, this is actually a POSITIVE thing. If the Japanese government had not purchased them, the municipal government of Tokyo headed by racist ultra-nationalist Shintaro Ishihara WOULD have. And he had promised to implement plans to DEVELOP those islands with ports for Japanese fishermen. Japan's national government will leave those islands as it. Does anyone here actually believe a purchase and development of those islands by Ishihara and his ilk would actually be BETTER than this purchase by the national government of Japan? Please yahoos... put on your thinking caps.
September 19, 2012    ahfook@
Japan is obviously jealous of the peaceful rise of China to surpass them to become the 2nd largest economy in the world. What Japan is doing is trying to create interruptions to halt China advancing further to take over the US, but the Japs don't realize by having conflict with China would only shoot themselves in the foot and set them back another 10 years to heal their current dying economy.
September 19, 2012    cucuracha@
@victorlowt35 September 11, 2012
Dioayu Islands belong to China since Ming Dynasty of China.

Japan should have returned all the territories that it had usurped since the Sino-Japanese War to China based on the Cairo Declaration in 1943 and the Potsdam Declaration in 1945, both of which defined the terms for Japan's surrender after world war II..........

But Japan's announced "purchase" of the Diaoyu Islands is an attempt to tamper territorial history and illegally with intention to grab and occupy the Chinese Dioayu Islands.......and Japan did it.
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In this Sept. 2 file photo, the survey ship Koyo Maru, left, chartered by Tokyo city officials, sails around Minamikojima, foreground, Kitakojima, middle right, and Uotsuri, background, the tiny islands in the East China Sea, called Senkaku in Japan, Diaoyu in China and Tiaoyutai Islands in Taiwan. (AP)

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