Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Chinese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Saturday disclosed the government’s negotiations to purchase 4 of the 5 islets that make up the disputed Senkaku Islands. The islands are presently owned by a Japanese family.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Liu Weimin on Monday said no one will ever be permitted to buy and sell China’s sacred territory.
He said the Chinese government conveyed to Japan that the islands have been part of Chinese territory since ancient times. He added that sovereignty has been based on indisputable historical and legal evidence.
China has placed priority on internal and external stability. The move comes ahead of the reshuffle of Chinese Communist Party leadership slated for this fall.
Chinese leaders are also wary of anti-Japanese sentiment rising among the public.

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