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Wednesday, 05 September 2012 - 19:35
China vows to defend territory after Japan island reports
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China pledged today to take "necessary measures" to defend its territory after Japanese media said Tokyo had agreed to buy a contested group of islands.

Japan's government will pay private Japanese landowners 2.05 billion yen for three of the islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.

China has said that its government is monitoring developments closely and will take necessary measures to defend its national territorial sovereignty.

The chain, which lies on vital shipping lanes, is believed to sit on top of potentially rich gas fields.

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