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Cover Stories Series 2012> Diaoyu Islands Dispute> Timeline
UPDATED: September 18, 2012
Timeline of Islands Dispute

September 15:

The State Oceanic Administration (SOA) released a string of geographic coordinates of the Diaoyu Island and some of its affiliated islets, in a new move to affirm China's sovereignty.

September 12:

China urged Japan to nullify its decision on "purchasing" the Diaoyu Islands.

September 11:

The Japanese Government signed the official contract with Kurihara family, the so-called private owner of China's Diaoyu Islands.

September 10:

The Japanese Government officially decided to "purchase" part of Diaoyu Islands in a ministerial meeting.

September 5:

The Japanese Government finally reached an agreement with the Kurihara family, the so-called private owner of three of the five islands, trying to "nationalize" the disputed islands.

August 19:

Ten Japanese right-wing activists illegally landed on the Diaoyu Islands.

July 11:

China fishery administration vessels were patrolling around the sea of the Diaoyu Islands during the fishing protection stint.

July 7:

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said his government was negotiating with a "private owner" to "nationalize" part of the Diaoyu Islands.

June 11:

The Japanese lower house held a parliamentary hearing on Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara's "purchase plan" for the Diaoyu Islands.

June 10:

Six Japanese lawmakers toured the Diaoyu Islands.

April 27:

The Tokyo metropolitan government set up an account to raise money for the so-called purchase plan.

April 18:

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda hinted his government would consider "the purchase plan" and confirm the so-called owner's true intention.

April 17:

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura indicated the central government might buy the islands if necessary.

April 16:

Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara said the metropolitan government plans to buy the Diaoyu Islands.

(Source: China Daily)

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