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SEA DISPUTE:Another former US envoy, Richard Bush, said the Diaoyutai issue could have turned worse if the governor of Tokyo had bought three of the islands

By William Lowther  /  Staff reporter in Washington

The Japanese government signed a ¥2.05 billion (US$26 million) deal on Tuesday to buy three of the Diaoyutai Islands, which are claimed by Japan, Taiwan and China.

This has caused tensions to rise in the region, as the Taiwanese and Chinese governments voiced strong protests against Japan’s move.

Bush said that if Ishihara, a well-known right-wing nationalist, had succeeded in buying the islands, it would have made people in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China “extremely unhappy.”

“It [the situation] is still uncertain, but I think we’ve avoided a disaster,” Bush said.

Additional reporting by CNA

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