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China-Japan hotline shelved (2)

By Ling Yuhuan  (Global Times)

08:48, October 22, 2012

"Japan should take full responsibility for the abortion of the plan, because it is Japan that provoked the Diaoyu Islands dispute," Xu said.

Also on Sunday, Chinese official vessels continued their law enforcement activities around waters near the Diaoyu Islands.

Four marine surveillance ships approached waters near the Diaoyu Islands Saturday after a break due to typhoons, according to the State Oceanic Administration.

Meanwhile, Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba's recent visit to France, Britain and Germany concluded on October 20.

While France and Germany called on China and Japan to resolve the dispute in a peaceful way, Britain did not even mention the Diaoyu Islands dispute in a brief statement a day after the talk, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

"It is obvious that none of the three countries will support Japan's stance, because Britain and France were two of the primary initiators of the international order after World War II, and Germany is also a firm supporter of the order," said Wang Pin, a researcher on Japanese studies with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Besides, due to economic concerns, the three countries also do not wish to offend China, which plays an increasingly important role in international trade, said Wang.

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