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China Voice: Japan shouldn't underestimate severity of Diaoyu Islands issue (2)

By Ren Ke (Xinhua)

08:17, September 12, 2012

Anger is also smoldering among the general public in China, with anti-Japanese demonstrations taking place Tuesday in several cities including Beijing and Guangzhou.

But more importantly, the Chinese government on Monday announced the base points and baselines of the territorial waters of Diaoyu Islands, in accordance with the Law of the People's Republic of China on Its Territorial Seas and Adjacent Zones.

Late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping in the 1970's and 1980's put forward the guideline for solving territorial issues with neighboring countries, which is "laying aside disputes and engaging in joint exploitation." Based on the guideline, China established diplomatic ties with Japan and other neighboring countries, and witnessed decades of sound bilateral relations.

Observers believe further steps will probably be taken by China to exercise its sovereignty over the islands. A Defense Ministry spokesman said Tuesday that the ministry is closely watching the development of the situation and reserve the rights to take corresponding measures.

So the Japanese government should understand the severity of the issue, not to play with fire again and keep testing China's bottom line. Cherishing the hard-won bilateral friendship is the only way to achieve peace between the two countries and in the region as a whole.

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