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"Purchase" of Diaoyu Island reflects weakened Japan


15:31, September 15, 2012

BEIJING, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- A senior international relations expert Friday has described the Japanese government's move to "purchase" part of the Diaoyu Islands as a reflection of the weakening of Japan's national strength.

Ji Zhiye, executive vice president of the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, made the remarks on Friday at a symposium on the Diaoyu Islands issue.

Ji said that Japan is using the "purchase" to make it appear stronger, as the country's populace has long been unsatisfied with the government's performance.

He told the symposium that the "purchase" is intended to distract Japanese citizens from the country's poor economic situation and increase public support for boosting military spending, as well as justify its decision to strengthen military ally with the United States.

China should respond to the Japanese move in a well-targeted manner so as to safeguard its sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands, Ji said.

Feng Zhaokui, an analyst from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, referred to Japan's "purchase" as a key step in moving toward ultra-rightism.

The development, along with remarks from Japan's right-wing politicians on revising laws and upgrading Japan's military, demonstrates that the country is accelerating this movement, Feng said.

Japan intends to use the "purchase" to provoke China and hinder its development, according to the analyst.

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