BEIJING, April 22 (Xinhuanet) -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry says any unilateral action taken by Japan concerning the Diaoyu Islands is illegal and invalid.
This remark comes after Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara, stated that the Tokyo metropolitan government is considering purchasing land on the islands. China has reacted strongly to these comments, saying China will take every necessary measure to safeguard sovereignty over the islands.
But such a strongly-worded reaction might just be what the Governor is looking for. Indeed, many Japanese don’t want to see relations with China further deteriorate.
Especially not this year, which marks the 40th anniversary of normalization of diplomatic ties between the two countries.