TOKYO, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Seven activists from Hong Kong landed on the Diaoyu Islands at around 5:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday, according to Japan Coast Guard (JCG).
"Japan may detain or arrest the seven activists in the name of crime of illegal entry," a spokesman from the JCG told Xinhua.
The JCG is questioning the seven activists over the landing, the spokesman said.
The Hong Kong fishing vessel is carrying eight Chinese activists seeking to assert China's claim to the Diaoyu Islands, and it departed from Hong Kong on Sunday, according to previous media reports.
Japan arrests 5 Chinese activists who land on Diaoyu Islands
TOKYO, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Japan arrested five Chinese activists from Hong Kong who landed on the Diaoyu Islands at around 5:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday, according to police from Japan's Okinawa.
Two other activists who also landed on the islands returned to the fishing vessel, said the police. Full story
China asks Japan not to endanger safety of Chinese citizens
BEIJING, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- China has asked Japan to refrain from taking any action that could endanger the safety of the lives and property of Chinese citizens going to the Diaoyu Islands, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in a press statement Wednesday.
It has been reported that the Hong Kong-based Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands sent a vessel to the Diaoyu Islands on Wednesday. Full story
China warns Japan over Diaoyu Islands stance
BEIJING, July 28 (Xinhuanet) -- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei expressed China’s "grave concern" and "strong displeasure" over what he described as the "highly irresponsible remarks" made by Prime Minister Noda.
Japanese Prime minister Yoshihiko Noda on Thursday said Japan is ready to send in the military if necessary to protect the disputed islands of Senkaku, known as the Diaoyu Islands in China. Full story
China expresses "grave concern" over Japanese PM's remarks on Diaoyu Islands
BEIJING, July 27 (Xinhua) -- A Foreign Ministry spokesman on Friday expressed China's "grave concern" and "strong displeasure" over the "highly irresponsible remarks" made by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda regarding th e Diaoyu Islands.
"Nothing can shake China's firm resolve and determination to safeguard its territorial sovereignty," spokesman Hong Lei said, adding that the Diaoyu Islands and its affiliated islands have been part of China's inherent territory since ancient times. Full story
Japan shows short-sighted rashness in island disputes
BEIJING, July 26 (Xinhua) -- Japan appears to be mired in bitter domestic conflict which has played back upon its foreign policy in a fresh attempt to "nationalize" Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea that actually belong to China.
China's determined stance over Diaoyu Islands will not let Tokyo play on the issue to seek to reverse its waning public support and cater to rising right-wing extremism in the country, foreign policy experts say. Full story