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China will not be soft in countering Japan

(People's Daily Online)

07:56, September 14, 2012

On the morning of Sept. 11, the Japanese government confirmed the policy of nationalizing three islands of the Senkaku Islands (China's Diaoyu Islands and their affiliated islands and islets), decided to allocate about 2 billion yen (166 million yuan) from the financial budget of 2012 to “buy the islands” and signed the contract with the so-called “landowner.” After “nationalizing” them, the three islands will be “administrated” by the Japan Coast Guard. Starting from the beginning of 2012, this farce of “buying the islands” has escalated from an individual action of Shintaro Ishihara to a national action and the fig leaf has slid off completely.

The Japanese government's action of disregarding the strong opposition from China and stiffly violating China's territorial sovereignty has broken the China-Japan common view of “putting aside the dispute” of past 40 years and severely damaged the overall development of the China-Japan relationship.

The decline of Japan's position in Asia-Pacific region and even the world increased the anxiety and sense of crisis of Japanese decision-makers, leading them to take the risk to artificially create tensions in the Northeast Asia, offend its neighbors and misjudge the current situation.

Firstly, it neglected the resolution and will of Chinese people to safeguard their territorial sovereignty. It has historical facts and legal basis that the Diaoyu Islands and its affiliated islands have been being the sacred and inseparable territory of China since ancient times. However, Japan hopes to show its strong attitude under the guise of a weak ruling status and consolidate its control over the Diaoyu Islands when China is not too powerful and concentrates on a peaceful development.

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