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Japan threatens military action over Diaoyu Islands

(China Daily)

13:30, July 28, 2012

Tokyo announced twice in the past two days the possibility of dispatching troops to the Diaoyu Islands, a move Beijing on Friday slammed as "extremely irresponsible".

Analysts said Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his cabinet have taken one of the most hawkish positions in recent years over the islands, and the move will leave Noda less room to improve bilateral ties.

Japanese Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto on Friday indicated the possibility of mobilizing the country's Self-Defense Forces when commenting on Chinese vessels sailing near the islands in the East China Sea.

Morimoto said that the dispatch of troops is "secured by law", Tokyo Broadcasting System reported.

Morimoto's remark came a day after Noda announced a similar stance on Thursday.

Noda said that the Japanese government, if necessary, should take "resolute actions" against any "illegal" incursion of neighboring countries into Japan's "territorial waters".

Beijing on Friday expressed serious concern and strong objections over the "extremely irresponsible remarks" by Japan.

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