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Japan and China's Battle For Senkaku Islands

A mostly uninhabited island group, known as the Senkaku islands in Japan and Diaoyu in China, is at the center of a deal between the Japanese family who owns it and the Japanese central government.Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura confirmed negotiations at a press conference saying, "We are exchanging views with the landowners in various ways, but that process is ongoing."On Wednesday, Japanese media reported that the landowners and the government have agreed on a price of $26 million.The Chinese regime does not recognize the Japanese family's ownership of the islands and claims that the islands are part of its territory. In response to media reports, China's Foreign Ministry says it will take action to protect its territory.[Hong Lei, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman]:"China's will and determination to protest its territorial sovereignty is unswerving. China is following developments closely, and will take necessary measures to protect its national territorial sovereignty."The group of five islands and rocky outcrops lies more than 1,200 miles from Tokyo but only 124 miles from Taiwan. According to a treaty made with the United States after Japan’s defeat in World War 2, the islands reverted back to Japanese control in 1972.In August, a group of protesters from China and Taiwan landed on one of the islands and were arrested by Japanese authorities. The next week, Japanese protesters did the same, sparking a wave of violent, anti-Japanese protests throughout China.For more news and videos visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.comFollow us on Twitter ☛ us on Facebook ☛

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