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Wen vows no concession (3)

By Li Xiaokun and Zhang Yunbi  (Xinhua)

08:21, September 11, 2012

Shi Yinhong, an expert on international politics at Renmin University of China said the move enhances the legal basis to back China's assertion of sovereignty over the islands, and is a "powerful response" to Japan's illegal attempt to "nationalize" them.

"We have to be prepared for Japan's looming sovereignty infringement in a strategic way, involving all kinds of measures, including defensive ones," Shi said.

The major task for Beijing, Shi said, is to prevent Tokyo "reaching for a yard after taking an inch" when encroaching on Chinese territory, he said.

The Japanese government and right-wingers share the same beliefs on the islands, said Gao Hong, deputy director of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences' Institute of Japanese Studies.

"Although the Japanese government insisted that there would be fewer risks if they 'bought' the islands instead of Ishihara, there is no essential difference between the Japanese government's plan and Ishihara's claim."

Qu Xing, head of the China Institute of International Studies, said there would be long-term complications if the Japanese government managed to "buy" the islands. It will leave less room for diplomacy, Qu said.

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