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China dismisses Japan's plan to buy Diaoyu Islands

07-09-2012 22:16 BJT

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China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin says the country will not allow Japan to buy the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea. He made the comments in response to a statement by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, indicating that the Japanese government is considering the purchase. Liu says the Chinese government will continue to take necessary measures to safeguard its sovereignty over the territory.

Liu Weimin, Spokesman of Chinese Foreign Ministry, said, "The Chinese Foreign Ministry and Chinese Embassy in Japan have lodged complaints to Japan to demonstrate the Chinese government’s firm stance on safeguarding the territorial sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands. China will not allow the Japanese side to take any unilateral action on the Diaoyu Islands and their affiliated islands."

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda told reporters Saturday that he’s considering "nationalizing" part of the islands to strengthen Japan’s "control" over them. The plan comes after the proposal by Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara to purchase the Diaoyu Islands earlier this year. Liu Weimin reiterated that the Diaoyu Islands and their affiliated islands have been part of China’s territory since ancient times, and that China’s claim to the islands is backed by indisputable historical evidence.

 

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV.CN

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