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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Remarks on Japan's Decision to "Repatriate" the Chinese Nationals Illegally Detained by Japan

2012/08/17

Q: It is reported that the Japanese cabinet meeting on the morning of August 17 decided to "repatriate" the Chinese nationals detained by Japan for "violation of immigration control law". How does China comment?

A: China's position on the Diaoyu Islands is clear and firm. Any unilateral move by Japan against Chinese nationals is illegal and invalid. The Chinese Government has made solemn representations with Japan many times for its illegal detention of Chinese nationals and it is now actively working for relevant arrangements to ensure the immediate, safe and sound return of the Chinese personnel.

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