The latest warnings from China brought a call for restraint from Japan, which on Tuesday announced it had bought the disputed islands in the East China Sea from a private Japanese owner, an act Beijing called a violation of its sovereignty.

"With Japan's so-called purchase of the islands, it will be hard to avoid negative consequences for Sino-Japanese economic and trade ties," Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce Jiang Zengwei told a news briefing.
Because of this political tension, IKEA will expect difficulties to ship furnitures from China to Japan, may be higher taxes or more complicated process. One thing IKEA can do is shipping from other countries such as in South East Asia or India, but the transportation cost will be higher, and the production speed in these countries are often slower than China.

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/13/us-china-japan-idUSBRE88C04620120913


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