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China 'unwavering' on Diaoyu Islands

(Shanghai Daily)

08:29, January 17, 2012

CHINA yesterday reiterated it holds a "firm and unwavering" determination in safeguarding its sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands.

"Our stance is very clear on the issue of the Diaoyu Islands. China has indisputable sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands that have been an inherent part of China since ancient times," Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said at a regular news briefing.

Liu made the remarks after Japan announced plans to name some remote islets, including some near the Diaoyu Islands, in a bid to bolster its territorial claim to the region.

Japan's chief government spokesman said yesterday that 39 uninhabited islands would be given names by the end of March.

Most of the islands are within what Japan claims as its exclusive economic zone. But four are in the Daioyu Islands group in the East China Sea.

Soichi Yamagata, a Cabinet office official, said the names will be used for new maps. He said the islets are within Japan's established exclusive economic zone and would not change any maritime boundaries.

Ties between Japan and China have been strained for years over the islands dispute, a contested gas field in the East China Sea and lingering animosity over Japan's occupation of China in World War II.

A 2010 collision between a Chinese fishing boat and the Japanese coast guard near the islands inflamed tensions, with China suspending ministerial-level contacts.

China also postponed talks on the joint development of undersea natural gas fields.


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