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Japan signs "islands-buying" contract amid China's strong protests (3)

(Xinhua)

15:40, September 11, 2012

The top Chinese leader pointed out that China-Japan relations have recently faced a severe situation due to the Diaoyu Islands issue, adding that whatever ways the Japanese side uses to "purchase the islands" are illegal and invalid and China firmly opposes such moves.

Hu said that Japan must fully recognize the gravity of the situation and should not make wrong decisions. He urged Japan to work with the Chinese side to maintain the overall development of the two countries' relations.

The Diaoyu islands, in the East China Sea between China and Japan, have belonged to China since ancient times. For centuries, fishermen from China's Taiwan and Fujian and other provinces conducted activities such as fishing and collecting herbs in the area.

The islands appeared on China's map since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). There are records about the islands in a book published during the rule of Yong Le (1403 to 1424) in the Ming Dynasty, more than 400 years before Japan claimed discovery of the Diaoyu islands in 1884.

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