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    and thats how WWIII starts, start buying rations, dig bunkers or better yet, head for the airport


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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor:
    You know the situation is fairly bad when it's the top story on BBC News.

    BBC News - China sends patrol ships to disputed East China Sea islands


    China sends patrol ships to disputed East China Sea islands

    China and Japan have been locked in a diplomatic spat over the islands
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    Chinese state media says two patrol ships have been sent to islands disputed with Japan, which has sealed a deal to purchase the islands.

    The ships had reached waters near the islands - known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China - to "assert the country's sovereignty", Xinhua said.

    Japan confirmed on Tuesday it had signed a contract to buy three of the islands from their private owner.

    Tension has been rumbling between the two countries over the East China Sea.

    Japan controls the uninhabited but resource-rich islands, which are also claimed by Taiwan. Some had been in the hands of a private Japanese owner but the government says it has now signed a purchase contract.

    "This should cause no problem for Japan's ties with other countries and regions," said Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura.

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    Japan-China disputed islands

    The archipelago consists of five islands and three reefs
    Japan, China and Taiwan claim them; they are controlled by Japan and form part of Okinawa prefecture
    The Japanese government signed a deal in September 2012 to purchase three islands from Japanese businessman Kunioki Kurihara, who used to rent them out to the Japanese state
    The islands were the focus of a major diplomatic row between Japan and China in 2010
    Q&A: China-Japan islands row
    "We have absolutely no desire for any repercussions as far as Japan-China relations are concerned. It is important that we avoid misunderstanding and unforeseen problems."

    Mr Fujimura told reporters that the government had set aside 2.05bn yen ($26m, £16.4m) to pay for the three islands.

    'Serious consequences'
    Japan said on Monday that it was buying the islands to promote their stable and peaceful management - a move that followed a bid by the outspoken and right-wing Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara to buy them using public donations.

    China has called Japan's move illegal and warned it would affect ties.

    State-run media has carried strongly worded statements on the issue.

    "The Chinese government will not sit idly by watching its territorial sovereignty being infringed upon," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued on Monday and carried by Xinhua.

    "Should the Japanese side insist on going its own way, it shall have to bear all serious consequences arising therefrom."

    Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao also reiterated China's stand on Monday.

    "The Diaoyu islands are an inalienable part of China's territory, and the Chinese government and its people will absolutely make no concession on issues concerning its sovereignty and territorial integrity," he said.

    The announcement of the dispatch of the patrol boats came in a brief Xinhua report.

    China Marine Surveillance - a maritime law enforcement agency - had "drafted an action plan for safeguarding the sovereignty and would take actions pending the development of the situation", it said.

    A small group of protesters were said to have gathered at the Japanese embassy in Beijing to protest against the purchase.

    The islands, which lie south of Okinawa and north of Taiwan, sit in key shipping lanes and are thought to lie close to gas deposits.
    Nah, I suspect this whole island business will blow over after a few months. Both countries have too much at stake to throw away all their other economic relations for a bunch of uninhabited islands. Both countries will beat their chest in public (to satisfy their nationalistic public sentiment) while quietly engaging in diplomacy to defuse the situation. So both sides will sound tough in public while seeking compromises behind-the-scenes.

    Of course, they can also both miscalculate and get into a real sticky situation where both sides can't back down. I don't think that will occur, but of course, that can't be ruled out...
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    Does anyone have an indication as to the potential value of the resources to be found on/around the islands?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor:
    Does anyone have an indication as to the potential value of the resources to be found on/around the islands?
    five dolla.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pin:
    five dolla.
    Why so much la

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    I'll give you two.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor:
    Does anyone have an indication as to the potential value of the resources to be found on/around the islands?
    This report suggests US$6trillion in oil and gas.

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    Looks like the Japanese got a bargain.


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    There is a huge amount of media hysteria in China at the moment. The whole nation is a-buzz with Japan hate. People are getting dragged from Japanese cars and then getting overturned or torched.

    Got to give to the Chinese for perfecting nationalism.


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    Quote Originally Posted by virago:
    People are getting dragged from Japanese cars and then getting overturned or torched.
    I hoped you typed that a little too quickly V

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