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Japan threatens military action over Diaoyu Islands (2)

(China Daily)

13:31, July 28, 2012

"Nothing can change China's strong will and determination to safeguard its territorial sovereignty," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.

Zhou Yongsheng, an expert on Japanese studies at China Foreign Affairs University, said Noda and Morimoto's recent remarks show that Tokyo's stance on the Diaoyu Islands issue is becoming tougher with less room for diplomatic maneuverability.

As the Japanese election draws near, some politicians such as Noda care little about China-Japan relations and "place priority on winning the election", said Zhou.

Shen Shishun, an expert on Asia-Pacific studies at Haikou College of Economics in Hainan province, said there is little chance that Tokyo will send its troops to the islands.

"In spite of the strong remarks from Japanese politicians, the government has not yet made up its mind to really send in troops," said Shen.

Hong said some politicians in Japan have expressed a willingness for a diplomatic resolution.
Japanese Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura, the government's top spokesman, on Friday said the prime minister merely responded to a hypothetical question and was "referring to a theoretical possibility" of military action.

"(Noda's remark) was not specifically directed at containing China," Mainichi Daily Newspaper reported Osamu as saying.

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