GROWING EAST ASIA TENSIONS: CHINA SAYS IT WILL SEND A SURVEY TEAM TO DISPUTED ISLANDS HELD BY JAPAN

Fox News on March 12, 2013, published an AP report on a Chinese official saying Beijing plans eventually to land a survey team on uninhabited islands at the heart of an increasingly dangerous territorial dispute with Japan. Excerpts below:

It was China’s clearest expression yet of an intention to set foot on the islands, adding to the sharpening rhetoric between the two sides over the islands,…

In an interview with state media, Chinese mapping agency Vice Director Li Pengde said China plans to send a team at an “appropriate time.” Li says surveying the islands by land would allow the mapping of caves and other features not visible from the air.

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