By Zhao Wei, Sina English
"Japan's plot to enhance its illegal rival claim over the Diaoyu Islands by 'nationalizing' them will be in vain." Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said on Monday at a news conference, when asked "whether Japanese government's plan to 'buy' Diaoyu Islands from 'private owner' will affect Sino-Japan relations."
Recently, Japan conducted a series of moves on Diaoyu Islands. A survey group from Tokyo wrapped up an illegal survey at the waters off China's Diaoyu Islands on September 2. On the same day, the Japanese government was reported to have confirmed its final plan to "nationalize" the Diaoyu Islands by the middle of the month.
Hong Lei said it had already made "solemn representations" on the survey. He reiterated: "Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands have been China's inherent territory since ancient times. Any unilateral action by the Japanese side on the Diaoyu Islands is illegal and invalid." Tokyo's actions, which aim to enhance its illegal rival claim over the islands by "nationalizing" them, will be "in vain", Hong Lei said.
A Japanese media reported on Sunday that the Japanese central government will started formal negotiations of reaching a deal to "buy" part of the Diaoyu Islands from a so-called private owner on Monday, with the price expected to be 2.05 billion yen ($26.18 million). If everything goes smoothly, the Japanese government will confirm the "nationalization" policy on Diaoyu Islands at a meeting to be held by the cabinet on September 11.