BEIJING, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Premier Wen Jiabao said Monday the Diaoyu Islands are an inalienable part of China's territory and China will "absolutely make no concession" on issues concerning its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Despite repeated solemn representations of China, the Japanese government announced Monday it would "purchase" part of China's Diaoyu Islands from "private Japanese owners" and bring the islands under "state control."
Also Monday, Premier Wen pledged China won't back down on issues surrounding the Diaoyu Islands.
"The Diaoyu Islands are an inalienable part of China's territory, and the Chinese government and its people will absolutely make no concession on issues concerning its sovereignty and territorial integrity," Wen said while addressing an inauguration ceremony for a statue of late Chinese leaders Zhou Enlai and Chen Yi at the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing.
China has repeatedly told Japan that it holds a firm stance that the Diaoyu Islands and adjacent islets have been an inalienable part of China's territory since ancient times, and that any of Japan's unilateral moves against Chinese nationals is illegal and invalid.
"The Chinese government and its people cherish their country's hard-won national sovereignty and dignity more than anybody," Wen told the students, noting that China has maintained such a firm and unyielding character even in situations of extreme hardship.
Hu states China's stance on Japan ties, Diaoyu Islands
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao met with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda here on Sunday and made clear China's position on its relations with Japan and the Diaoyu Islands issue.
The two leaders met on the sidelines of the 20th informal economic leaders' meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. Full story
Commentary: Japan's island-buying move severely violates China's sovereignty
BEIJING, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- The Japanese government's decision to buy the Diaoyu Islands has severely infringed on China's territorial integrity, gravely hurt the feelings of the Chinese people and grossly violated the norms of international law.
The move is no less than pouring oil on fire as a recent string of Japanese provocations over the Diaoyu Islands have already undermined the hard-won strategic partnership between the two countries. Full story
Japan ought to jettison short-sighted tricks on Diaoyu Islands
BEIJING, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Tokyo is slipping farther away from the right track of China-Japan relations as the Japanese government barges ahead Monday with the farce of buying China's Diaoyu Islands.
Deaf to the solemn protests and serious warnings from China, the Japanese government, according to the Kyodo news agency, is to approve the purchase plan at a cabinet meeting in the afternoon. Full story
China Focus: Experts warn Japan against making a wrong move on Diaoyu Islands issue
BEIJING, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- In response to the Japanese government's official decision to "purchase" China's Diaoyu Islands, experts here warned that the Japanese government should give second thought to their strategy.
Gao Hong, deputy director of the Institute of Japanese Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told Xinhua on Monday that the Chinese government will take countermeasures if Japan remains on the wrong path and crosses the line of what China can tolerate.
"The consequences will be on Japan," he said.Full story
Japan gov't determines to purchase China's Diaoyu Islands
TOKYO, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Japanese government officially decided to purchase part of China's Diaoyu Islands on a ministerial meeting Monday afternoon, reported by local media.
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura, Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba, Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Yuichiro Hata and Finance Minister Azumi Jun attended the meeting, determining to bring three islands under state control, said Kyodo. Full story
All Chinese have responsibility to safeguard sovereignty over Diaoyu Islands: FM
BEIJING, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- China's Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday that all Chinese, including people from both sides of the Taiwan Strait, have the responsibility to safeguard China's sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands.
The Diaoyu Islands and the affiliated islets have been the inherent territory of China since ancient times, Hong Lei said at the ministry's daily press conference. Full story
Commentary: Japan's buying Diaoyu Islands is flagrant move
BEIJING, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Japanese government has agreed to buy China's Diaoyu Islands from their so-called private owners, Japanese media confirmed Wednesday.
The deal, neglecting China's strong opposition, can be regarded as plain robbery. In doing so, the Japanese government is putting on another flagrant action.Full story
China's will to safeguard sovereignty over Diaoyu Islands unswerving: FM
BEIJING, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese government's determination to safeguard its sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands is unswerving, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Wednesday.
Hong made the comment in response to media reports that the Japanese government has decided to buy the islets for 2.05 billion yen (26.15 million U.S. dollars) from the islands' Japanese private owners. Full story
China opposes application of U.S.-Japan security treaty to Diaoyu Islands
WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- China strongly opposes any application of the U.S.-Japan security treaty to China's Diaoyu Islands, a visiting senior Chinese military official told his U.S. colleagues here on Friday.
During meetings with senior U.S. military and government officials, Cai Yingting, deputy chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, expressed China's strong concerns over issues related to China's vital and core interests, including the U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, the territorial disputes over South China Sea and the Diaoyu Islands, and U.S. close-range military reconnaissance activities directed at China. Full story