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.
BEIJING, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- China strongly opposes Japanese rightists landing on the Diaoyu Islands on Sunday, and urges Japan to put an end to its actions that seek to undermine China's territorial sovereignty, China's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.
The illegal actions of the Japanese rightists have violated China's territorial sovereignty, and senior officials from the Foreign Ministry have lodged solemn representations to the Japanese ambassador to China, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in the statement. Full story
BEIJING, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- China holds a "firm stance" over the Diaoyu Islands, and any of Japan's unilateral moves against Chinese nationals is illegal and invalid, the Foreign Ministry said Friday.
As Japan decided to release 14 Chinese nationals it was detaining, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said: "China holds a clear and firm stance on the issue of Diaoyu Islands." Full story