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Japan presses ahead with Diaoyu Islands nationalisation plan

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 11 September, 2012, 8:06am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 September, 2012, 8:08am


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The Japanese government decided yesterday to purchase the Diaoyu Islands from the Kurihara family for a reported US$26.15 million (HK$202.8 million) in a deal that is expected to be finalised today. In response, Premier Wen Jiabao said China will make "no concession" in its stance of claiming sovereignty over the islands, and a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses "firm opposition and strong protest" to the agreement.

Aside from summoning Japanese ambassador Uichiro Niwa for a meeting yesterday and a statement that it "will not sit back", Beijing has yet to explain in English what Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei sought to convey with a reference to "necessary steps" China will take to safeguard its territorial sovereignty over the islands.

Also, 15 survivors of Japanese bombs dropped on China in WWII announced yesterday that a collective lawsuit has been filed against Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. September 18 remains a sensitive date, commemorated each year to mark Japan's initial invasion of China in 1931.


Morning Clicks

Al Bawaba
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All Roads Lead to China
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Black Voices
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-- The media should not exploit patriotism Yet if Hillary Clinton and Xi Jinping agree that the US and China can co-exist in the South Pacific, why is still there so much shrill commentary in China about the US? To Xu, certain commentators in China still remain locked in an old-fashioned way of looking at the US.

East Asia Forum
-- The globalisation of Chinese capital Cash-starved multinationals can sell their brands, channels of distribution, know-how and customer bases, thereby allowing Chinese multinationals to develop advanced capabilities in technology, design and branding.

Eurasia Review
-- Southern Africa: Increasing Hostility Towards Chinese Traders But human rights groups have described the legislation as xenophobic, and consumers like Arnold Mwenefumbo, from Karonga District in northern Malawi, complain that forcing out the Chinese traders will mean paying much higher prices for products sold by Malawians and other African nations.

-- James Cameron considering using Chinese actors for Avatar 2 and 3 Chinese regulators recently announced they’d be cracking down on so called “co-productions” by making the requirements stricter. At least one-third of the budget must come from China and Chinese investment, the main cast must be Chinese, and part of the movie must be shot in the country.

Government Security News
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Tea Leaf Nation
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The Australian
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The Dish
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The Korea Herald
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The Media Online
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The National Interest
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The New York Times
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The Telegraph
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The Vancouver Sun
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Media Roundup

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China Daily
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Global Times
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People's Daily
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-- Japan gov't determines to purchase China's Diaoyu Islands 
-- China, U.S. launch annual security meeting mechanism 
-- "Absolutely no concession" on Diaoyu Islands, says Chinese premier 
-- China's top legislator starts visit to Iran for closer ties 
-- Chinese train maker signs South Africa contract 
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