China warned on Wednesday that it would take all “necessary measures” to thwart a Japanese plan to buy a disputed chain of islands.
The stakes were escalated by Shintaro Ishihara, the rabble-rousing governor of Tokyo, who suggested that the Japanese government buy three of the islands from the Kurihura family, who claim the Japanese deeds. Japan should stand up to China, he intoned, or face becoming a “second Tibet”.
As Japanese newspapers reported the purchase plan was close to fruition, with a Y2.05 billion (£16.4 million) price agreed on Wednesday, the Chinese government voiced its rage.
Full article: China reacts angrily to Japanese plan to buy disputed islands (The Telegraph)