Ambassador: Chinese ships' activities around Diaoyu Dao beyond reproach

Source: China Military OnlineEditor: Zhang Tao
2016-08-10 16:46

Chinese ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua (R) talks with Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida on Tuesday. Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida called in Chinese ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua on the morning of August 9 to protest against Chinese Coast Guard vessels' repeated entry into "Japan's territorial sea" near the Diaoyu Dao and was immediately rebutted by Chinese ambassador.
 

BEIJING, Aug. 10 (ChinaMil) --Japan's NHK TV station reported that Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida called in Chinese ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua at Japanese Foreign Ministry on the morning of August 9 to protest against Chinese Coast Guard vessels' repeated entry into "Japan's territorial sea" near the Diaoyu Dao and was immediately rebutted by Chinese ambassador.

According to Japanese media, Fumio Kishida told Cheng Yonghua that "(Japan) won't allow any unilateral action to aggravate the current tension" and demanded Chinese vessels to leave as soon as possible.

Cheng rebutted that the Diaoyu Dao and its adjacent islands have always been China's inherent territory since ancient times and China has undisputed sovereignty over them. Chinese vessels' activities near the Diaoyu Dao were "beyond reproach", he stressed.

Japanese media said this was the first time that a Japanese minister directly protested to China after Chinese official vessels and fishing boats entered sea areas around the Diaoyu Dao on August 5.

Previously the repeated protests by Japanese undersecretary for foreign affairs Shinsuke Sugiyama and others didn't take much effect, so Japan thought it necessary to address the situation on political level.

Japanese media reported that Chinese Coast Guard vessels and fishing boats appeared in sea areas around the Diaoyu Dao on August 5, and Japan Coast Guard said on August 8 that 15 Chinese official vessels sailed into contiguous areas and Japan's territorial sea near the Diaoyu Dao that day, the first time that such a large number of Chinese official vessels appeared in that area. Thus, the Japanese government lodged groundless "protests" against China for five consecutive days because of that.

In response to Japan's protests against Chinese vessels' regular patrol of the Diaoyu Dao, Chinese Foreign Ministry reiterated on August 6 that the Diaoyu Dao and its adjacent islands have always been China's inherent territory since ancient times and China has undisputed sovereignty over them and the surrounding waters. Meanwhile, China is taking measures to properly manage and control the situation in relevant waters and strongly advises Japan to abide by the principles agreed by both countries and calmly look at the current situation.

China hopes Japan won't take any action that will cause tension or complexities and stands ready to jointly make constructive efforts for the stability in relevant waters, the Chinese Foreign Ministry added.

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