Japanese call for ‘strong stance’ on Chinese intrusions, foreign ministry survey finds

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Nearly two-thirds of Japanese want the country’s government to take a “strong stance” against intrusions by Chinese vessels into waters controlled by Japan but claimed by Beijing, according to a new foreign ministry survey. The survey, conducted in March, found that 61.6 per cent of respondents were in favour of Tokyo adopting such a posture on territorial issues like those surrounding the Diaoyu Islands, which Japan controls and calls the Senkakus. It also found 57 per cent of the 1,000 respondents surveyed urging China to “respect human rights, freedom, democracy and the rule of law”, with slightly more than 28...