CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Japan told to stop unilateral surveys

03-01-2012 08:51 BJT

BEIJING - China on Wednesday demanded that Japan "immediately stop" unilateral marine surveys in the waters of the East China Sea, the Foreign Ministry said.

Ministry spokesman Hong Lei delivered the message at a daily news conference in response to a statement by Japanese Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura earlier in the day.

On Tuesday, Hai Jian 66, a Chinese patrol vessel, radioed Japan Coast Guard's marine survey vessel Takuyo to stop operating in the disputed waters 140 km off Japan's Kumejima Island, according to Kyodo News Agency.

Tokyo later delivered an official protest to Beijing and vowed to continue similar operations.

Fujimura told reporters on Wednesday morning that the survey ship was operating in Japan's so-called exclusive economic zone "for marine research".

Fujimura said he "felt sorry" about China's repeated requests for a halt to the surveys, Japan's Jiji Press news agency said.

Beijing's stance on the East China Sea issue is consistent and clear, the spokesman said.

"China has required Japan to halt the related moves and avoid violating the due rights and interests of China."

Beijing hopes Tokyo can "sustain the stability of the East China Sea and the bigger picture of China-Japan ties", Hong said.

Japan's recent drive to beef up marine surveying in the disputed waters shows its urgency to secure more maritime interests, analysts said.

Tokyo's recent tough remarks show Japan's determination to lay claim to its so-called EEZ in disputed waters, said Zhou Yongsheng, a professor of Japanese studies at China Foreign Affairs University.

"Issues concerning sovereignty and core interests leave little room for concession from Beijing."

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the normalization of China-Japan diplomatic relations.

"We are not expecting the year of opportunities to turn into a year of challenges," Zhou said.

Tokyo recently disregarded Beijing's protests and conducted a series of unilateral surveys in the disputed waters of the East China Sea. A Chinese patrol ship had two encounters with survey ships of the Japanese Coast Guard this month.

The Chinese patrol vessel Hai Jian 66 on Feb 19 radioed Japan's Coast Guard survey ship Shoyo and called for a halt to its activities. Shoyo also claimed it was operating in Japan's so-called EEZ.

In another development, Japan's cabinet on Tuesday approved a set of bills to beef up Japan Coast Guard's law enforcement powers.

Under a bill to revise its Coast Guard Law, the Japanese government gave the coast guard the authority to arrest "illegal intruders" on remote "uninhabited islands".

The list of the "uninhabited islands" will be announced by officers of the Japan Coast Guard and the National Police Agency, and Kyodo said the list is expected to include China's Diaoyu Islands, over which China has indisputable sovereignty.

Another bill would revise the law banning foreign ships from mooring or moving within Japan's territorial waters without reasons.

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: China Daily

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program