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China will never yield an inch on sovereignty issue

(People's Daily Online)

15:11, September 13, 2012

The Japanese government confirmed the "nationalization" of the Diaoyu Islands and the three affiliated islets on Sept. 11. It disbursed reserve funds of 2.05 billion yen and signed a sales contract with whom the Japanese side called "the private owner" of the islands.

The Japanese government's illegal buying of the Diaoyu Islands, which were usurped from China, has further damaged the Sino-Japan relations. The Chinese government and people will never ever yield an inch on issues concerning sovereignty and territory.

The Japanese government should not misjudge the situation. China is no longer an old and weak country. Territorial sovereignty concerns national dignity and core national interests. The Japanese government and right-wingers should not underestimate determination of the Chinese people. The Chinese side is resolutely opposed to Japan’s illegal "islands-buying" and will take all necessary measures to safeguard the territorial sovereignty.

The Japanese should not put too much hope on the so-called “edge in air and naval power". China's national defense capability cannot be underestimated. Japan's provoking a war can do nothing but to bring disasters to itself.

The Japanese should not pin hope on the Japan-US Security Treaty. When did the United States, which prioritizes its own interests above others, sacrifice the interests for other countries? Furthermore, the United States must consider whether the world peace can be maintained with the expansion of Japanese militarism.

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