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12:57 pm - 09/09/2012

China warns Japan over disputed islands

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia — China warned Japan on Saturday it would not back down in a territorial dispute in the East China Sea that has escalated over reports the Japanese government may buy contested islands.

Foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said China was determined “to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

“Japan should take concrete actions to meet the Chinese side halfway to reduce tensions and promote Sino-Japanese ties of mutual benefit,” he told reporters on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific economic summit held this year in the Russia city of Vladivostok.

Often testy Japan-China ties took a turn for the worse in August when pro-Beijing activists landed on a Japanese-controlled island chain, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.

They were arrested by Japanese authorities and deported. Days later about a dozen Japanese nationalists raised their country’s flag on the same island, prompting protests in cities across China.

Reports emerged in the past week that the Japanese government may purchase the islands in an apparent bid to please right-wingers at home, annoying Beijing.

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said Friday he would not hold talks with either China or South Korea on the sidelines of the 21-meeting Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation bloc’s meeting.

An August visit by South Korea’s Lee to Seoul-controlled islands, known as Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese, provoked outrage in Tokyo and a diplomatic tit-for-tat.

Noda, however, met Saturday with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is representing President Barack Obama in Vladivostok.

“Considering the current situation in Asia, it is very important that Japan and the U.S. have occasions for close discussions at a high level,” Noda told Clinton as the talks between the close allies got under way.

SOURCE: japantoday
fauxparadiso 9th-Sep-2012 07:26 am (UTC)
And what exactly would meeting halfway with China entail? I don't get why they don't just attempt a bidding war.
randomtasks 9th-Sep-2012 07:38 am (UTC)
“Japan should take concrete actions to meet the Chinese side halfway to reduce tensions and promote Sino-Japanese ties of mutual benefit"

But you're not doing anything "to help meet halfway" either.
dramaticsurgeon 9th-Sep-2012 12:31 pm (UTC)
Frankly, out of all the land disputes at the moment, I figured this was the most cut-and-dry case given that Japan has been in possession of the area for over a century, with a brief interlude of post-war American occupation, and its ownership only came under fire from China when natural resources were discovered there. In a way I understand China's knee-jerk reaction and sense of self-preservation, but this was a lost cause for them since long ago.
rainbow_yarn 9th-Sep-2012 12:55 pm (UTC)
Would that the islands be sunk in a legendary "single day and night of misfortune." =/
lelouchikaru 9th-Sep-2012 02:14 pm (UTC)
Aside from "K-pop is dying in Japan", I'm also getting sick and tired of Asian territorial dispute news.
kumiko_0503 9th-Sep-2012 03:50 pm (UTC)
more like china vs asian countries territorial dispute news... seems like they want to take everything
lelouchikaru 10th-Sep-2012 07:50 am (UTC)
winds_daichi 10th-Sep-2012 01:27 am (UTC)
I honestly think China are being huge bullies. This island is not the only island China is fighting for. They're even fighting for a border that clearly belongs to India. They are fighting with Taiwan for the sake to keep their dominance, and to be quite honest, I don't have time for China or their high and mighty bullshit. Chinese right-winged asshole and government keep adding fuel to the fire. Same goes to the Japanese right-winged idiots. I'm sick of this whole thing. Japan and China needs to sit down. It's two islands that can just be split with both of the countries. Just the stupidity of it all.
litofroggy 10th-Sep-2012 02:12 am (UTC)
I've always been thinking this... But why doesn't the two countries leave the islands alone?

I mean the islands were just fine the way they were, countries did not control them, they controlled themselves. I don't know what language the islands sport, but, I think this whole China vs. Japan thing has to stop. They should just shake hands and resolve this whole argument...

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