Both Chinas Miffed with Japan

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China warns of consequences as Japan announces purchase of disputed islands | World news | guardian.co.uk (c)

Beijing says that there will be serious consequences. Given that every other territorial dispute in the Pacific involves PRC, other than sanctions, what can PRC do?
There will be a lot of rhetoric and the occasional "maverick" foray of Chinese nationals claiming the islands. And then the Chinese government will add it to the list of problems to be dealt with whn the time comes. The Chinese aren't building up their naval strike and amphibious capability because it's a symbol of national pride. When they're ready they'll take what they want. Just in little bites, no big mouthfuls, but eventually they'll eat all the cake they want.
 
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Given that every other territorial dispute in the Pacific involves PRC, other than sanctions, what can PRC do?
Technically, that would be Japan holding that record. PRC's greatest concentration of territorial disputes are in the South China Sea.

The Senkaku/Diaoyu/Diaoyutai question isn't really that straightforward. They're currently privately-owned although the Japanese government is moving to nationalise them and there's no internationally-recognised settlement in favour of any of the disputing parties. Japanese administration over them is a holdover of their post-Meiji expansion and quite a few of their neighbours (the Koreans, PRC and ROC in particular) are not at all keen to see a precedent that they can win out of that little episode.

Another crusting of spunk on the sushi is that while the US is quite keen to see Japan balancing off China in East Asia, they're no more keen to see Japan resurgent than anyone else. Japan's been the driving force behind the proposed East Asia Union trading bloc which would pose a direct challenge to US dominance in the area.
 

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