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China opposes application of U.S.-Japan security treaty to Diaoyu Islands

(Xinhua)

08:07, August 27, 2012

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- China strongly opposes any application of the U.S.-Japan security treaty to China's Diaoyu Islands, a visiting senior Chinese military official told his U.S. colleagues here on Friday.

During meetings with senior U.S. military and government officials, Cai Yingting, deputy chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, expressed China's strong concerns over issues related to China's vital and core interests, including the U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, the territorial disputes over South China Sea and the Diaoyu Islands, and U.S. close-range military reconnaissance activities directed at China.

In an interview with the Chinese media based in Washington, Cai said he told his U.S. hosts that the Diaoyu Islands and their affiliated islands have been part of China's inherent territory, and all the recent illegal activities by the Japanese, including the bid to "purchase" and the right-wing activists' landing on the islands, are completely invalid.

China is firmly opposed to the U.S. stance that the Diaoyu Islands fall within the scope of the 1960 U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security, under which Washington will provide assistance to Tokyo when the territories under Japan's administration come under armed attack, he said.

The delegation also urged the U.S. side to make more efforts to ease the tensions so as to safeguard peace in the Asia-Pacific and maintaining the good impetus in the development of the overall China-U.S. relations.
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