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China warned Wednesday that Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara’s plan to buy the disputed Senkaku Islands will not only harm Japan’s ties with China but also its international standing.

“I want to reiterate that the Diaoyu Islands have been China’s inherent territory since ancient times and China holds indisputable sovereignty over them,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin told a regular news briefing, using the Chinese term for the Senkaku Islands.

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