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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on September 12, 2012

2012/09/13

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on September 12, 2012.

Q: First, Director General Shinsuka Sugiyama of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau of the Japanese Foreign Ministry is now in China and meeting with Chinese officials today. Please brief us on the meeting. Second, the Japanese government said today that it does not "accept" China's protest against the "nationalization" of the Diaoyu Islands. What is China's comment? Third, media reports said that China had sent maritime surveillance ships to the waters off the Diaoyu Islands, but Japan said it had not spotted Chinese ships in the area. Are there Chinese maritime surveillance ships in waters off the Diaoyu Islands?

A: On the first question, Director General Shinsuka Sugiyama of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau of the Japanese Foreign Ministry is now in China 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 its wrong decision of "purchasing" the Diaoyu Islands. Relevant working talks are still going on. We will release information on the specifics in due course.

On the second question, 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. The Japanese government's so-called "purchase" of the Diaoyu Islands is totally illegal and invalid, to which China is firmly opposed. The Japanese side should not make mistakes repeatedly. It should pull back and immediately stop all acts that may undermine China's territorial sovereignty, truly come back to the very understanding and common ground reached between the two sides, and return to the track of negotiated settlement of the dispute. China will take necessary measures to firmly safeguard national territorial sovereignty in light of the developments.

On the third question, Chinese government ships will continue normal patrol activities in waters under China's jurisdiction.

Q: Many Chinese tourists cancelled their trips to Japan recently. Is it because of Japan's "purchase" of the Diaoyu Islands?

A: The current grim situation of China-Japan relations is completely caused by Japan. China strongly urges the Japanese side to correct its wrong acts and create atmosphere and conditions for the improvement and development of China-Japan relations.

Q: It is reported that P5+1 countries including China and Russia agreed on a text at the meeting of IAEA Board of Governors, which calls for continued diplomatic efforts to solve the Iranian nuclear issue and backs the IAEA's efforts to clarify the outstanding issues of the Iranian nuclear program. The text is expected to be released within the week in