BEIJING, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry is contacting the Japanese side to lodge representations over the detention of five Chinese nationals on the Diaoyu Islands, according to an announcement from the ministry on Wednesday.
Japan detained the five people from Hong Kong, who landed on the island on Wednesday afternoon to assert China's sovereignty claim over the islands, alleging they had made an "illegal entry."
Two other Chinese nationals who also landed on the island returned to the fishing vessel, according to Japanese police.
The five detained may be transferred to the Immigration Bureau of Japan later and sent back to Hong Kong, a spokesman from the Japan Coast Guard told Xinhua.
The fishing vessel carrying the Chinese nationals departed from Hong Kong on Sunday, according to previous media reports.
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"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
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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