According to Hong Kong’s Singtao Daily, Japanese media report that Tokyo Metropolitan government has made 6,000 posters to appeal to Japanese people to respond to its call for the purchase of Diaoyu Islands (named Senkaku Islands by Japan). Against the background of photographs of the islands, is the sentence: “You are being tested whether you have the courage to say Japanese islands are Japanese territories.”
As Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said the Japanese government would purchase the disputed islands, Tokyo Metropolis is stepping up its efforts to raise fund for the purchase of the Islands and then resell them to the Japanese government.
On the other hand, there was report yesterday that a fourth Chinese fishery administration ship appeared at the sea area of the Islands after three fishery administration ships patrolled the area the previous day. Japan yesterday lodged its second complaint this week with Beijing for that.
In another development that was not related to the maritime territorial dispute, Beijing official media gave prominent reports on the detention of a Japanese ship for failing to comply with pollution-prevention standards. Though the vessel was released soon after, a later check found it up to standards. The incident would probably further intensify the tension between the two countries.
SCMP says, “Zhou Yongsheng, a Japanese affairs expert with China Foreign Affairs University, said if tensions continue to escalate, China might send patrol ships within 12 nautical miles of the islands, as a display of its claim to sovereignty.”
Will there be military conflict? We hope both sides will act with restraint.
- Beijing’s island claim crazy, says Japanese owner (chinadailymail.com)
- Japan protests Chinese ships entry into waters near disputed isles (news.yahoo.com)
- Japanese government looks to buy uninhabited Senkaku Islands (sacbee.com)
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