|dethalternate||Date: Wednesday, 05-September-2012, 3:45 PM | Message # 1|
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|The Japanese family that owns a chain of East China Sea islands at the centre of a territorial row between Tokyo and Beijing said Friday it wants to sell the tiny archipelago "as soon as we can". |
The Kurihara family, which owns the islands known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese, leases the chain to the Japanese government.
The family has been negotiating with Tokyo city officials over a sale -- valued up to 1.5 billion yen ($19 million) according to reports -- as the current lease agreement gets set to expire in March next year.
"We have the term for a lease contract with the state government until the end of March next year, so we would like to seal the deal (with Tokyo) shortly after that," said Hiroyuki Kurihara, one of the family's younger brothers.
"We would like to conclude the talks as early as we can," he told the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan.
His comments come less than a week after Japan's ambassador to China returned to Beijing, after being summoned to Tokyo for crisis talks over the disputed islands.
Tensions between the two countries rose last week after Chinese vessels twice entered waters near the resource-rich islands, which are claimed by Beijing and Tokyo.
Japan lodged two formal complaints with Beijing last week and summoned the Chinese ambassador to Japan in protest.
Read more/full article/source - http://www.bangkokpost.com/news....to-sell