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7 Chinese nationals landing on Diaoyu Islands return to HK

2012-08-23 00:24:17 GMT2012-08-23 08:24:17(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Chinese activists who were illegally detained by Japan meet the media at Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier after returning to south China's Hong Kong, Aug. 22, 2012. The seven Chinese activists illegally detained by Japan for landing on the Diaoyu Islands returned to Hong Kong on Wednesday afternoon. (Xinhua/Lui Siu Wai)

Citizens wait at Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier to welcome the seven Chinese activists illegally detained by Japan in south China's Hong Kong, Aug. 22, 2012. The seven Chinese activists illegally detained by Japan for landing on the Diaoyu Islands returned to Hong Kong on Wednesday afternoon. (Xinhua/Lui Siu Wai)

Chinese activists who were illegally detained by Japan are welcomed at Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier after returning to south China's Hong Kong, Aug. 22, 2012. The seven Chinese activists illegally detained by Japan for landing on the Diaoyu Islands returned to Hong Kong on Wednesday afternoon. (Xinhua/Lui Siu Wai)

Kai Fung No. 2, a boat carrying seven Chinese activists who were illegally detained by Japan, arrives at Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier in south China's Hong Kong, Aug. 22, 2012. The seven Chinese activists illegally detained by Japan for landing on the Diaoyu Islands returned to Hong Kong on Wednesday afternoon. (Xinhua/Lui Siu Wai)

Chinese activists who were illegally detained by Japan are welcomed at Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier after returning to south China's Hong Kong, Aug. 22, 2012. The seven Chinese activists illegally detained by Japan for landing on the Diaoyu Islands returned to Hong Kong on Wednesday afternoon. (Xinhua/Lui Siu Wai)

HONG KONG, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Seven Chinese people who were illegally detained by Japan after landing on the Diaoyu Islands reached Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier by boat on Wednesday afternoon.

A large number of Hong Kong citizens were waiting for their arrival, hailing them with clapping, and gave them flower wreaths. At the welcome ceremony, vessel owner Lo Chau, told the media, he was glad that the 14 citizens returned safely, having accomplished the mission of landing on Diaoyu Islands and flag planting. He also showed gratitude for public support for their action.

A total of 14 Chinese nationals were illegally detained by Japan after landing on the Diaoyu Islands on Aug. 15 to claim China's sovereignty over the territory.

Seven of the 14 who were released flew back to Hong Kong on Aug. 17, while the other group of seven returned home in their fishing boat from Japan's Ishigaki Island with escort of a vessel sent by the Chinese government.

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