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Tokyo 'must realize this is serious                          'Updated: 2012-09-10 00:18

By Li Xiaokun and Wang Chenyan in Beijing and Wu Jiao in Vladivostok
(China Daily)

President Hu Jintao urged the Japanese government on Sunday to realize the seriousness of the tension over the Diaoyu Islands and stop plans for "nationalization", saying Beijing will not recognize the "purchase" of the islands by the Japanese under any circumstances.



President Hu Jintao and other APEC leaders wave as they depart following a group photo on the fi nalday of the summit in Vladivostok, Russia, on Sunday. IVAN SEKRETAREV / ASSOCIATED PRESS



The president made the remarks during a brief meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Vladivostok, Russia.

Tokyo is reported to be set to finalize plans to "nationalize" the islands, that belong to China, onTuesday.

Hu told Noda that China-Japan ties have encountered a grim situation recently due to the Diaoyu Islands.

China's position on the issue has been consistent and clear, he said, adding "any action byJapan to 'buy' the Diaoyu Islands is illegal and invalid and China is firmly against it".

The determination and will of the Chinese government to defend territorial sovereignty isunswerving, the president said.

He urged Japan to "be fully aware of the seriousness of the situation and not make the wrong decision", in order to safeguard overall China-Japan relations.

It is the first encounter between the leaders of the two nations since Noda announced a plan inJuly to "nationalize" the islands.

The move prompted strong protests from Beijing.

Japan's Kyodo News Agency said Beijing and Tokyo originally planned an official meeting between the leaders at the APEC meeting, but it was canceled due to escalating tension.

According to the Kyodo report, Noda told Hu that Tokyo wants the "broad viewpoint" of relations to be taken into account before discussing rising tension.

Speaking to journalists after the APEC forum, Noda said he told Hu that Japan wants to deepen the strategic relationship as this year marks the 40th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties.

But, analysts said, this opportunity to boost ties has been overshadowed since ShintaroIshihara, the right-wing Tokyo governor, unveiled plans on behalf of the prefectural governmentto "buy" the islands in April.

Noda, facing mounting nationalist sentiment at home and growing unpopularity over domestic policies, announced a plan in July to "nationalize" the islands.

Reports on Sept 5 said the Japanese government reached an agreement with the so-called private owner of the islands to pay 2.05 billion yen ($26.15 million) to buy three of the five uninhabited islands.

Tokyo is expected to hold a cabinet meeting on Monday to officially affirm the final guidelines for "nationalizing" the islands, sources told Japan's leading newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun on Sept 7.

Japanese media also said the deal will be finalized on Tuesday.

"I can't see any sincerity in Noda's statement as he said both sides should handle the tensions 'from the broad viewpoint'," said Lu Yaodong, director of the department of Japanese diplomacy of the Institute of Japanese Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

"Japan is always saying one thing and doing another," he said.

Lu said Hu's remarks show that Beijing is still using the last few moments to remind Tokyo of the huge risks the "nationalization" plan might pose for relations and regional stability.

"Territory is related to a nation's strategic interests. It is unreasonable for Noda to call on handling the tensions 'from broad viewpoints' when his government never cares about China's concerns," said Zhou Yongsheng, a specialist on Japanese studies at the China Foreign Affairs University.

Noda's policies face increasing domestic unpopularity and have led to rising tensions with China,the Republic of Korea and Russia, Zhou noted. A general election is expected within months.

"He might strongly promote the 'nationalization' of Diaoyu Islands to enhance his party's popularity," Zhou said.

Gao Hong, deputy director of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences' Institute of Japanese Studies said Beijing would probably use diplomatic measures if Tokyo decided to carry throughits "nationalization" plan.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei stressed on Sept 5 that "China is closely watching the situation and will take necessary measures to safeguard territorial sovereignty".

"China may dispatch cruise ships to claim sovereignty and put direct pressure on Japan," Gao said.

Nissan Motor, the biggest Japanese automaker in China measured by sales, said on Sept 6 that it has made fewer deliveries in the country as it cut back on marketing events following violent anti-Japan demonstrations last month.

Heeding the advice of Chinese authorities, Nissan has reduced the number of promotional activities it is holding, Toshiyuki Shiga, Nissan chief operating officer, told reporters.

Contact the writer at lixiaokun@chinadaily.com.cn





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Post time 2012-9-10 16:29:24 |Display all floors
Yeah, China will be forced to do something like that, removing Japanese junk from the island and replacing them with quality-made Chinese flags, and with a cruiser standing guard for a while.  Or, China may decide to dig in on the island and create an underground fort beneath the hill on the island.  That would be impractical as the fort would then need to be supplied all the time.  Only a symbolic presence, such planting as teh thousand flags everywhere, is needed to prove one's exercise of sovereignty.

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Post time 2012-9-10 16:32:44 |Display all floors
sorry to tell you...................



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Revolutionar Post time: 2012-9-10 15:32
sorry to tell you...................

Like your master, seneca, since when you have a kind word for China and the Chinese people. Save your crocodile tears, you spineless and slimy BL!
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sansukong Post time: 2012-9-11 10:35
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Xi slams Diaoyu 'purchase'Updated: 2012-09-20 01:32By Zhao Shengnan, Qin Zhongwei and Wu Jiao ( China Daily)




Vice-president warns Tokyo not to undermine territorial sovereignty

Vice-President Xi Jinping on Wednesday said Japan's "purchase" of the Diaoyu Islands was "afarce" and warned Japan to stop any action that infringes on China's sovereignty.


US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta carries his lunch tray before eating with cadets at the People'sLiberation Army Engineering Academy in Beijing on Wednesday. Larry Downing / Agence France-Presse


"Japan should rein in its behavior, not utter any words and prevent any acts that undermine China's sovereignty and territorial integrity," Xi said in a meeting with US Defense SecretaryLeon Panetta.

The Pentagon chief's first visit to China since taking office coincided with escalating tension between China and Japan over the Diaoyu Islands.

The Japanese government announced its decision to "purchase" the islands last week.

Japan's "purchase" openly challenged the Cairo Declaration and the Potsdam Proclamation and intensified regional territorial disputes, Xi said.

During a series of meetings with State and military leaders, including Xi, Panetta reiterated that the United States does not take positions over, what he termed, territorial disputes concerning the islands and called for all sides to be calm and show restraint to avoid confrontation.

Addressing students at the military's Engineering Academy in Beijing on Wednesday, Panetta also sought to convince Beijing that the US strategic "pivot" to the Asia-Pacific region is not to contain China, amid concerns that Washington's increasing presence encourages its allies, likeTokyo, to engage in provocative behavior.

The US rebalance in the region "is an attempt to engage China and expand its role in the Pacific", he said. "It is about creating a new model in the relationship of two Pacific powers.''

Panetta's remarks represent the latest effort by the US to build stronger military relations with the People's Liberation Army, said AFP, while analysts said the US stance toward China and Japanis often contradictory and its fundamental goal is to maintain a dominating role in internationalaffairs.

Before arriving in Beijing, Panetta started his weeklong Asia trip with a visit to Japan.

While he was there, Tokyo and Washington agreed to install a second missile-defense radar system and the MV-22 Osprey military aircraft was given the go-ahead to begin flight operations in Japan on Wednesday.

Washington says the Diaoyu Islands fall under the US-Japan security treaty and this is a severe interference in Chinese territorial sovereignty, said Liu Jiangyong, a specialist on Japanesestudies at Tsinghua University.

But Panetta tried to dismiss concerns during his speech, saying security treaties with allies donot necessarily mean Washington will not criticize their policies.

Tokyo has been urged to shoulder responsibility to peacefully solve the issue through diplomaticmeans, said Panetta.

He understood, he added, the history and pain left by World War II, but Chinese and Japanese people should work together for regional peace and prosperity instead of living in the past.

The future security and prosperity of the US will be linked to Asia more than any other place in the world, but this is a region threatened by terrorism, nuclear proliferation, piracy and natura ldisasters, he said. Strong China-US relations are vital for the region, said Panetta.

He called for Washington and Beijing to look beyond disagreements to areas where both share common concern and can work together.

"We cannot let those disagreements and challenges blind us to the great opportunities that exist," he told the military academy. "If we work together and cooperate together, we can solve problems together."

He acknowledged that improving relations and building trust will take time and that, "despite the distance, the distance that we have traveled over the past 40 years, it is clear that this journeyis not yet complete, particularly for our two militaries''.

But the Diaoyu Islands, illegally transferred from the US to Japan, is a time bomb to suchrelations, said Liu Youfa, vice-president of China Institute of International Studies.

"The US wants to use the issue to leverage China-Japan ties and maintain its leadership in the region," he said.

Japan's provocation sparked protests across China. A car carrying US Ambassador Gary Locke on Tuesday was surrounded by about 50 protesters outside the US embassy, which is close to the Japanese embassy.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei on Wednesday said it was an "individual case" that is under investigation.

Contact the writer at zhaoshengnan@chinadaily.com.cn



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