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Japan signs "islands-buying" contract amid China's strong protests (2)

(Xinhua)

15:40, September 11, 2012

Yang said the Diaoyu Islands and their affiliated islets have been inherent territory of China since ancient times, backed by historical and legal evidence. The Japanese government's so-called "purchase" of the islands and other unilateral actions are illegal and invalid.

China urges Japan to immediately revoke its wrong decision and stop all actions that undermine China's territorial sovereignty. Otherwise, all consequences should be borne only by the Japanese side, Yang said.

As a countermeasure, the Chinese government announced the base points and baselines of the territorial waters of the Diaoyu Islands, which is in accordance with China's law on territorial seas and adjacent zones adopted in 1992.

Also on Monday, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said the Diaoyu Islands are an inalienable part of China's territory and China will "absolutely make no concession" on issues concerning its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Wen made the remarks while addressing an inauguration ceremony for a statue of late Chinese leaders Zhou Enlai and Chen Yi at the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing.

"The Chinese government and its people cherish their country's hard-won national sovereignty and dignity more than anybody," Wen told the students, noting that China has maintained such a firm and unyielding character even in situations of extreme hardship.H Additionally, while meeting with Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in Tehran on Monday, visiting Chinese top legislator Wu Bangguo also made strong opposition, and reiterated China's position on the issue.

These strong protests from the China's top leadership came after President Hu Jintao's face-to-face talks with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Sunday on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Russia's Vladivostok.

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