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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on September 11, 2012

2012/09/12

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on September 11, 2012.

Q: The Japanese government signed the "purchase contract" of the Diaoyu Islands, officially "nationalizing" the islands. What is China's comment? What counter measures will China take to safeguard sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands?

A: In response to the Japanese government's so-called "purchase" of the Diaoyu Islands, the Chinese Foreign Ministry issued a statement yesterday which fully expounded China's position on the Diaoyu Islands and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi summoned Japanese ambassador to lodge strong protest.

The Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands have been China's inherent territory since ancient times. This is supported by historical facts and jurisprudential evidence. China will never tolerate any acts that may infringe upon its national sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Chinese government is resolute and determined in safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Japanese side's so-called "purchase" of the Diaoyu Islands is totally illegal and invalid. It does not change, not even in the slightest way, the fact that the Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands belong to China, nor will it alter the fact of Japan's illegal occupation of China's Diaoyu Islands. We demand the Japanese side to immediately stop all acts that may infringe upon China's territorial sovereignty. Japan should truly come back to the very understanding and common ground reached between the two sides, and should return to the track of negotiated settlement of the Diaoyu Islands issue.

China will take necessary measures to safeguard national sovereignty in light of the developments.

Q: Will the Japanese government's "purchase" of the Diaoyu Islands affect China-Japan business cooperation and non-governmental exchanges?

A: China and Japan should work in the same direction for the sound development of China-Japan relations. The Japanese side's so-called "purchase" of the Diaoyu Islands runs counter to the larger interests of China-Japan relations.

Q: It is reported that Director General Shinsuka Sugiyama of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau of the Japanese Foreign Ministry will come to China today. During his visit to China, Shinsuka Sugiyama may explain to the Chinese side Japan's so-called "nationalization" of the Diaoyu Islands and exchange views over current China-Japan relations. Please confirm.

A: Director General Shinsuka Sugiyama of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau of the Japanese Foreign Ministry will come to China today for a working visit. China will fully state its solemn position on the issue of the Diaoyu Islands to the Japanese side and strongly demand the Japanese side to revoke the wrong decision of "purchasing" the Diaoyu Islands.

Q: It is reported that consular officials from the Chinese Consulate-General in San Francisco presented a letter to local officials in Corvallis, Oregon of the US in protest against some murals in the town supporting "Taiwan Independence" and "Tibet Independence", asking the murals to be removed. Please confirm. What is China's comment?

A: Chinese diplomats have the responsibility to introduce to people of the world China's position on issues concerning its core interests. China's position on issues related to Taiwan and Tibet have been clear and consistent. We are opposed to anyone carrying out splittist activities in any form for "Taiwan Independence" and "Tibet Independence". We also hope relevant countries do not provide platform for such activities.

Q: What is China's comment on the demonstrations in front of the Japanese Embassy in China today?

A: The Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands have been China's inherent territory since ancient times. The recent wrong actions by the Japanese side aroused indignation of the Chinese people at home and abroad. We also maintain that the public express their patriotic passion in a rational and lawful manner.

Q: UN-AL Special Representative on the Syrian issue Brahimi will go to Syria to seek a proper settlement of the Syrian issue. What is China's comment?

A: China supports Special Representative Brahimi's visit to Syria to mediate and push for a political resolution of the Syrian issue. We maintain that all parties concerned in Syria earnestly implement relevant UN Security Council resolutions, Annan's "six-point proposal" and the communique of the foreign ministers' meeting of the Action Group on Syria, immediately cease fire and stop violence, launch and promote the political transition led by the Syrian people, and seek a peaceful, fair and proper resolution of the Syrian issue. China always upholds an objective and just position on the Syrian issue and stays committed to safeguarding the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, peace in the Middle East and the interests of the Syrian People and Arab states. China has been actively working on relevant parties in Syria in a balanced manner to promote peace talks. China has also provided emergency humanitarian aid to the Syrian people including Syrian refugees outside the country. We will continue to work with the international community to make constructive efforts for the political resolution of the Syrian issue.

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