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Commentary: Japan's "theft" of Diaoyu Islands risks China-Japan economic, trade ties

(Xinhua)

08:40, September 25, 2012

BEIJING, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Japan's "purchase" and "nationalization" of China's Diaoyu Islands is putting China-Japan economic and trade ties at risk due to man-made factors.

Despite repeated protests from Beijing, Japan launched its unilateral move to "purchase" the Diaoyu Islands, which are Chinese territories, on Sept. 10 this year.

The move not only ruined the political basis for China-Japan relations, but also greatly harmed Chinese people's feelings. It was not in line with the overall situation of bilateral relations highlighting peaceful development, and it ignited demonstrations across China.

Japan should be responsible for all the possible disastrous effects to China-Japan relations resulting from its single-handed farce of its "purchase" of the Diaoyu Islands since it has challenged one of China's "core interests", which brook no compromise.

It is starting to take its toll on bilateral economic and trade ties.

Chinese consumers spontaneous boycott of Japanese products in recent weeks is proof of it.

China-Japan economic and trade relations was back on track in 1952 when the two countries signed their first non-governmental trade agreement, following a halt caused by the Japanese invasion of China in the 1930s.


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