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Vice Adm. Zhao Yingfu, formerly the commissar to the South Sea Fleet, urged a multipronged struggle against Japan.

He laid out a three-stage maritime strategy on the Senkakus: China first sends fishing vessels to the Senkakus, followed by China’s maritime surveillance and maritime safety vessels, and then naval vessels should get into the area quickly.

“We are not afraid of firing shots,” the admiral said.

Maj. Gen. Xu Guangyu, the army’s arms control and disarmament expert, said Japan is counting on the United States for support if a war erupts with China.

“The U.S. has been ambiguous on the Diaoyudao sovereignty issue, refusing to take a side, which contradicts Japan’s insistence that the Diaoyudao sovereign right belongs to Japan,” Gen. Xu explained.

“The U.S. is not strong enough to help Japan. And the U.S. would not risk direct confrontation with China by helping Japan occupy these islands.”

Japan porn star a peace ambassador

In an odd twist, the most prominent name mentioned in China regarding the recent wave of anti-Japanese protests is a Japanese porn star who may prove to be the most significant bridge between the two Asian nations in their increasingly tense bilateral relations.

She is Sora Aoi, a 28-year-old idol of fans of adult films, known in Asia as the “Pink Film,” or AV.

In a country obsessed with pornography, many Chinese know Miss Aoi better than they know any other Japanese, past or present. Her name became as eye-catching as “kill-all-Japanese” banners carried in last week’s demonstrations across China.

One banner read: “The Diaoyudao belongs to China; Sora Aoi belongs to the world!” It became an instant hit among demonstrators, and copycat signs were numerous.

For her part, Miss Aoi savors the moment. On her Twitter account, she posted a message that said: “Chinese and Japanese people’s friendship.”

“I hope there are good relations between us common people,” she added.

When she asked her Twitter followers what she should do to help ease tensions, the majority of her Chinese fans responded simply, “Diaoyudao.”

Encouraged, Miss Aoi then tweeted on Monday what the Chinese government wanted: “The Diaoyudao belongs to China — Sora Aoi.”

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