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China protests Japan's Diaoyu "purchase" in one voice

2012-09-12 01:09:13 GMT2012-09-12 09:09:13(Beijing Time)

Demonstrators hold banners and Chinese national flags as they shout slogans during an anti-Japan protest outside the Japanese embassy in Beijing Sept 11, 2012. [Photo/Agencies]

Japan should stop playing with fire on Diaoyu Islands

Enough is enough from Japan's side on the issue of Diaoyu Islands this year: after the earlier farce to "name" the islands, then to connive its right wing forces to buy them; now, the Japanese government is intensifying the dispute through its "purchase" and "nationalization" of these islands. 

The Japanese government intends to reinforce its "actual jurisdiction" of the islands with this "nationalization", and to ultimately, occupy them. No matter how hard Japan tries to whitewash its plunder, the "deal" is illegal. This act is absurd, invalid-- as apparent to people with common sense-- and is doomed to fail. 

The root of Japan's action lies in their lack of knowledge and reflection on their rapacious, imperial past in WWII. The act, however, is not only a blatant contempt to "Cairo Declaration" and "Potsdam Bulletin", which define the post-war international order, but also a challenge to the victory of anti-fascism. Japan has shown little regret in its handling of territorial disputes with its neighbors; on the contrary, it has laid bare its attempt to reestablish itself as a power in the region just by constantly making troubles. 

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the normalization of Sino-Japanese relations. It is irritating, therefore, to see the hard-won bilateral ties, achieved through the painstaking efforts by leaderships of the older generation from both sides, could be torpedoed by some selfish Japanese politicians overnight.  

A sound and stable development of China-Japan relations is vital to China, as well as to Japan.  It is highly advisable for the Japanese government to wake up to both reality and vista, and make a pause on the brink of a precipice.

The Chinese government and people are determined to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity. They are confident and competent in this endeavor.

Mass protests

Rallies and protests broke out in several Chinese cities on Tuesday to oppose Japan's "purchase" of Chinese Diaoyu Islands and their affiliated islets.

More than 10 protestors gathered at the Japanese Embassy in Beijing on Tuesday morning, holding placards that read, "The Diaoyu Islands are Chinese territory."

Also on Tuesday morning, several people in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province, gathered outside the Japanese consulate, shouting slogans such as, "Protect the Diaoyu Islands!"

About 200 people in Weihai, Shandong Province, began marching on the streets around 10:40 a.m., waving anti-Japanese banners and chanting anti-Japanese slogans: "The Diaoyu Islands belong to us!" and, "Boycott Japanese goods!" They voluntarily dispersed at about 11:30 a.m.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the Japanese government's move has severely hurt the feelings of the Chinese people and gravely enraged the Chinese public. Their righteous indignation is understandable, if people express their emotions in a reasonable and lawful way.

Leadership's voice

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

Regardless of repeated strong representations of the Chinese side, the Japanese government announced on 10 September 2012 the "purchase" of the Diaoyu Island and its affiliated Nan Xiaodao and Bei Xiaodao and the implementation of the so-called "nationalization" of the islands. This constitutes a gross violation of China's sovereignty over its own territory and is highly offensive to the 1.3 billion Chinese people. It seriously tramples on historical facts and international jurisprudence. The Chinese government and people express firm opposition to and strong protest against the Japanese move. Full story

China's defense ministry voices protest to Japan:

The armed forces of China are completely opposed to the Japanese government's move to "purchase" the Diaoyu Island and two of its adjacent islands, Chinese Defense Ministry Spokesman Geng Yansheng said Tuesday. Full story

CPPCC condemns Japan's "nationalization" of Diaoyu Islands:

The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top political advisory body, on Tuesday voiced strong condemnation of Japan's so-called "nationalization" of the Diaoyu Islands and some of their affiliated islets.

"We strongly urge the Japanese side to immediately stop all actions that undermine China's territorial sovereignty, and stop playing with fire over the Diaoyu Islands " said the Foreign Affairs Committee of the CPPCC National Committee in a statement. Full story

China's top legislature strongly condemns Japan's "purchase" of Diaoyu Islands

The Foreign Affairs Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislative body, issued a statement here on Tuesday, voicing its strong indignation toward and condemnation of Japan's "purchase" of the Diaoyu Islands and its affiliated islets. Full story

State Council Taiwan Affairs Office: Never accept Japan's "Diaoyu purchase" farce

At a regular press conference held by the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office Wednesday morning, the spokesperson said the “Diaoyu Islands purchase” plot instigated by the Japanese government has gravely enraged the Chinese compatriots across the Taiwan Straits, who share the same feeling of indignation, and will make a firm stand against the “islands purchase” farce and will by no means accept it. Full story

Taiwan recalls representative to Japan in protest

Taiwan's Central News Agency reported on Tuesday that Yang Jintian, who is in charge of the island's foreign affairs, has ordered its representative to Japan to return as early as on September 12. Full story

President Hu: Tokyo 'must realize this is serious'

President Hu Jintao urged the Japanese government on Sunday to realize the seriousness of the tension over the Diaoyu Islands and stop plans for "nationalization", saying Beijing will not recognize the "purchase" of the islands by the Japanese under any circumstances. Full story

Wen Jiabao: China will never yield even half a step on the issues of sovereignty and territorial integrity

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said, when addressing a gathering of teachers and students from China Foreign Affairs University on Monday, that both the Chinese government and its people cherish more of the hard-won state’s sovereignty and national dignity; and even the most severe hardships will never bend the firm and unyielding character of the Chinese people. Full story

Wu Bangguo reiterates China's stance on Diaoyu Islands

China's top legislator Wu Bangguo said here Monday that Japan's decision to "buy" the Diaoyu Islands is illegal and invalid. Full story

Li Keqiang: Japan’s Diaoyu stance a grave challenge

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang said today that Japan’s stance on the Diaoyu Islands issue is a blatant denial to the world’s victorious achievements from the anti-fascist war, and a grave challenge to the post-war international order. Full story

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