By Yu Runze, Sina English
China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei denounced Japan’s Foreign Minister’s remarks on Chinese sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands at the press conference Thursday.
Japan’s Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba said that China began asserting its territorial sovereignty over the islands in the 1970s, suggesting China previously had not viewed the group as part of its territory. He even noted a Chinese map published in 1960 depicted the islet group as “Japanese territory”.
This is not the first time that Genba uses garbled material to support Japan’s stance.
All these fabricated stories can only demonstrate that Japan has never had sovereignty over Diaoyu Islands legally, Hong said.
Iron-clad evidence shows Japan stole the Diaoyu Islands from China through the First Sino-Japanese War in 1894-1895, which is well-established even in Japan’s history.
Japan ignores and avoids the facts intentionally. Further, they attempt to legalize the result of Japan's invasion, which is totally gangster logic, Hong refuted.
We have noticed Japan’ eagerness to calm the island row to prevent Sino-Japanese ties from worsening off. If Japan keeps its words, it should recognize and correct their wrongdoings, and take into account the overall situation of China-Japan relations, Hong added.