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Commentary: China's determination to safeguard sovereignty unshakable

By Wu Liming (Xinhua)

15:42, September 11, 2012

BEIJING, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- Following the Japanese government's announcement on the so-called "nationalization" of the Diaoyu Islands, China's civil patrol ships Tuesday reached the waters around the islands to start patrolling and showing China's sovereignty over these islands.

The patrolling, which is a slap in the face to Japan's plot to "nationalize" the Diaoyu Islands, demonstrates the Chinese government's firm and unshakable determination to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

From announcing base points and baselines of territorial waters of the Diaoyu Islands to the patrolling, China has taken just and legitimate actions to safeguard its sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands, which has won widespread applause from the Chinese public.

The measures also conform to the norms of international law in an open, just and straightforward way.

It is known to all that the Diaoyu Islands and the affiliated islands have been China's sacred territory since ancient times, which is supported by historical facts and jurisprudential evidence.

Japan's decision to "nationalize" the islands is ridiculous and absurd. It is an open provocation against China, the rightful owner of the Diaoyu Islands.

Hence, China should resolutely fight back. The patrolling of the waters around the Diaoyu Islands is timely and necessary. The action dealt a big blow to the inflated swagger of Japan.

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