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German paper publishes Chinese embassy's open letter on Diaoyu Islands


09:19, October 24, 2012

BERLIN, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Tuesday published an open letter by the Chinese embassy that tells the truth to the German pubic on the Diaoyu Islands dispute and urges Japan to stop all acts that infringe Chinese sovereignty and return to the track of dialogue and negotiation to solve the issue.

The letter by the embassy spokeswoman Zhou Jian, named "Facts speak for themselves", said that it is necessary for the embassy to clarify the truth and facts of the Diaoyu Islands to the German public as the issue has drawn international attention after tension escalated in the East China Sea due to "nationalization" attempts of the islands by the Japanese government.

The letter stressed that the Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islets belong to China and have been an inherent part of Chinese territory since ancient times. China holds indisputable sovereignty over them.

"In December 1943, the Cairo Declaration stated in explicit terms that all the territories Japan has stolen from the Chinese, such as Manchuria, Formosa (Taiwan) and the Pescadores, shall be restored to the Republic of China," the letter noted.

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