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China protests Diaoyu Islands visit by Japan

By Wang Chenyan (China Daily)

09:07, January 04, 2012

BEIJING - The Foreign Ministry lodged a solemn representation and a strong protest with Japan after four right-wing local city assembly members landed on one of the Diaoyu Islands on Tuesday morning.

"The Diaoyu Islands and adjacent islets have been an inherent territory of China since ancient times, over which China has indisputable sovereignty," ministry spokesman Hong Lei said, stressing that China is firmly determined to defend its sovereignty of the islands.

According to Kyodo News, the four illegal intruders were all members of the Ishigaki city assembly in Okinawa Prefecture.

A patrol ship of Japan's coast guard confirmed Hitoshi Nakama and two others landed first at around 9:30 am local time, followed 20 minutes later by Tadashi Nakamine, the fourth member. All four assembly members left at around 11:55 am.

This was not the first time Nakama, one of the four city councilors, had set foot on the Diaoyu Islands.

Kyodo News said he went to one of the islets in December 2010, not long after the collision between a Chinese fishing trawler and Japanese coast guard ships.

"Though the landings on the islands were just the individual actions of some city councilors, Japan has still got off on the wrong foot at the very beginning of this year, the 40th anniversary of normalization of diplomatic ties between China and Japan," Liu Jiangyong, an expert on Japan studies at Tsinghua University, told China Daily.

Although the Diaoyu Islands are rocky and uninhabited, they remain one of the thorniest issues between China and Japan.

The Japanese government had said it prohibits its citizens from landing on the Diaoyu Islands to avoid conflicts with China.

Kyodo News also reported that members of the World Chinese Alliance in Defense of the Diaoyu Islands, based in Hong Kong, planned to leave for the Diaoyu Islands on Tuesday, but their move was stopped by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government.


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wende at 2012-01-0471.255.81.*
These are not a bunch of dang islands. Japan would not be this blatant as it knows there are oil under those islands. Besides, Diaoyu islands were intentionally added in with Okinawa after WWII which should not be the case. Japan is duplicating what Russia did to them on the 4 islands north of Japan. China should put some actions otherwise nations will coin China as "a giant panda"- too docile.
PD User at 2012-01-04220.255.1.*
Yawn....another lip service protest again....
PD User at 2012-01-0498.237.209.*
Let it go already. No one needs those dang islands, and they"re not good for anything. Both countries look absolutely ridiculous fighting over useless rocks in the ocean.
PD User at 2012-01-04183.39.40.*
How come the Japanese gunboats did nothing to stop their fellows from entering the islands instead of confirming the reports? China should land there since it is China"s islands and the HKG boss is short of a manhood by stoppng those proud Chinese.

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