原文标题：Tensions flare over Diaoyu islands as Japan detains Chinese activists
BEIJING: The war of nerves between Japan and China over the disputed Diaoyu Islands in East China Sea took a serious turn on Wednesday with Tokyo detaining 14 Chinese activists who, Tokyo said, made an "illegal entry" in the islands.
The Chinese foreign ministry responded with loud protests that now threaten to snowball into a major controversy as both countries claim ownership to the islands. "The activists ignored warning from Japan before landing. But none of the arrested was hurt," the police in Japan's Okinawa island said. The arrested activists will be transferred to the city of Naha, which is the capital of Okinawa.
"They may be transferred to the Immigration Bureau of Japan later and sent back to Hong Kong," said a spokesman from Japan coast guard quoted by Chinese news agency, Xinhua. China has asked Japan to do nothing that would endanger the safety of the lives and property of Chinese citizens going to the Diaoyu Islands, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said.
"China is paying close attention to the developments of relevant issues, and it has expressed its serious concerns over the issues to the Japanese side," Qin said. China's position on the Diaoyu Islands issue remains "clear and resolute".
Jim (Manila) 2 days ago
As China is becoming richer and richer, her people are no longer (and ever) satisfied with one party politics. So Chinese community party needs to defuse people's frustrations. How? - by having a common enemy? Who is the most convenient common enemy? -- JAPAN. Hope people here are well aware of this trick.
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Bhaskar Mittal (Canada)
What is there on that island.? China is big and should be able to gift this island to Japan, without really loosing anything.
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kumar (japan) replies to Bhaskar Mittal
China and Japan has a long and rough history. It is a hair trigger and all out war is possible with two top nations in world. further more Japan/China is not like India who happly gave most of Kashmir and Northeast away to Pak and China.
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rick (usa) replies to kumar 2 days ago
Isn't Japan committed to "no war" policy? What a hypocrite country and people! Maybe in the near future Japan will again be "forced" to attack China, or Korea, like what they did at Pearl Harbor.
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girish (uae) replies to rick 1 day ago
USA is firmly behind Japan, in their defence after WW 2. This issue cannot be easily sorted out unless China backs out.
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rick replies to girish 1 day ago
Give me one reason why China should back out. Don't give me your wishful thinking.
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girish replies to rick 1 day ago
"Might is right" holds only as long as you dont encounter someone(s) mightier. Through ages, viciously ambitious super powers have been tamed by seemingly weaker nations. If you want to enjoy your wealth, you cant keep fighting with your neighbours. All those who start considering that they are invincible dig their own grave and then it is just a matter of time. Sorry to say, China is moving the same way.
kumar replies to rick
No Nation can have "no war" policy when faced with aggression and advance in territory. every diplomatic dialogue is nothing but hypocrisy.
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rick replies to kumar 1 day ago
Please check facts before assign 'aggression' to China. Fact 1, this island is a disputed area. Fact 2, Japanese politicians routinely land in this island to show off.
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M.A.LALWANI. (USA) 2 days ago
CHINA HAS STARTED SLOWLY BUT SURELY GRABING LANDS BELONGING TO OTHER NATIONS IN ORDER TO EXPAND MARKETS TO DUMP THEIR PRODUCTS. THIS IS WHAT HAD HAPPENED IN NAZI GERMANY WHEN THEY STARTED EXPANSIONISM TO ENCROACH UPON THEIR NEIGHBOURS TO GET MARKETS FOR THEIR INDUSTRIES. THIS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED AND IT IS TIME THAT UNITED NATIONS RAISE VOICE AND PUTS THEM ON THE SPOT OTHERWISE IT IS GOING TO BE TOO LATE.
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Wilde (The Pacific) replies to M.A.LALWANI. 2 days ago
China buys land and farms in Australia but the Aussie government begins to fight back. Australia builds for a resistance to a future PLA incursion but many politicians still sleep. Wake up woprld. China desires to eat nations.
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The Chinese are always very much aggressive regarding the issues of border disputes or their claim over a region. This kind of attitude towards its neighbours would rally the opinions of all the Asian nations against China.
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Nara (India) replies to Pradosh 2 days ago
African leaders have already leased out their countries to China and are now silently watching how their natural resources are being looted for peanuts.Money and power is all that politicians want and need to grab to power. Who cares for the common people and the country?
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Chinese agression should be controlled.
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critics (goa) 2 days ago
as long as crook like Bush, blair, Modi persist in this globe so called jehadis , talibanese are indeed there. First cahnge the policies against the world muslims and then everything will be peace. mind it very well
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Whole world should act against Chinese aggression....
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We all know CHina is a great country capable of great things..but threatening other nations is simply not a great thing to do...pls dont follow the US way...they have been doing that for centuries and now they are hated by each and every other nation...China should realize this and should try to win more friends than foes if it wishes to become super power in real sense...bcoz the world seeks a super power in the disguise of a problem-solver and not problem-seeker..
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Dharmendra Gupta (Mumbai)
The 2 greatest threat to world peace are China and Islamic terrorists, wonder wheter China will be able to stand up to the Islamists? It breathes fire on everyone else but cowers under them
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japan done good
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suresh sheth (ahmedabad) 1 day ago
Sooner or later Japan has to develop nuclear weapons against Chinese threat just like India if Japan wants freedom of action in its dealings with China because it can not rely on nuclear protection of United States. US will always preach peaceful resolution of disputes because US does not want a direct Chinese nuclear attack on US homeland.
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Syed Abdulmuqtadir (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Almost every country has this territorial problem with its neighbours, the best is to negotiate and finish off the problem, don't drag like stupid leaders did in India, we Indians have territorial problems withh almost all our neighbours. Our leaders never try seirously solving the problem, instead they jsut pass the time and go for next election.
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Another incident on ownership of the islands between China and Japan !!!
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Simon Lee (India)
Japan has teritory disputes with Russia, China and Korea even though it is an island state. During second war worlds it soldiers kill millions in Asia and still refuse to apologise even today! Because Japan is hiding behind the US and refuse to confront its past, it is foreign policies are basically ran by the US.
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Chen Yong (Sydney)
I'm very disappointed by the lack of action from the Chinese government against the Japanese invasion in Diaoyu islands.
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WWW (Asia) replies to Chen Yong 1 day ago
Mr. Yong, We shall not underestimate how smart Chinese government is. They will not attack Japan for the dispute as PRC knows that general public in the whole world, except Korea, is on the side of Japan. The second reason is that Japan will quickly develop nuclear capability if PRC attacks Japan. China obviously does not want Japan to do it.
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Natarajan (doha) 1 day ago
China is a rogue state with strained relations with all neighbours. This monster needs to be tackled before it becomes a global headache. We only hope that your iron curtain collapses and people breath freely in this rogue nation
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WWW (Asia) 1 day ago
I hope Japan and China find ways to co-exist and create a new version of co-prosperity sphere. The two countries achievements are truly impressive and why can't they pursue a win-win situation? Look what France and Germany can do so many things together after many years (centuries) of fights between them. To do this, the both countries need to respect each other. Japan has apologized their past mistakes (in word, through compensation, and behavior) so many times and China is the one who uses the Japanese mistake some 60 years back as a means of justifying their expansionism. China says look how Germany apologizes to other Europeans but this rhetoric is grossly exaggerated by China who wishes to justify their ongoing imperialism. In my view, if Japan and China work together, they can actually lead the world. So, China (the communist party) needs to stop anti-Japan campaign to create an environment where Chinese people can like Japan while Japan to stop buying the land of Senkaku since this is too provocative to China. The islands can actually be co-owned by the both countries. This is what Japan has been proposing in fact....
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