BEIJING, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- Rallies and protests broke out in several Chinese cities on Tuesday to oppose Japan's "purchase" of the 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 such as, "The Diaoyu Islands belong to us!" and, "Boycott Japanese goods!" They dispersed at about 11:30 a.m.
The Japanese government on Tuesday signed a contract with the Kurihara family, who the Japanese side claims to be the "private owner" of the Diaoyu Islands.
The signing of the contract came shortly after the Japanese cabinet decided earlier in the day to use reserve funds to "purchase" part of the islands despite a string of strong warnings and opposition voiced by top Chinese leaders.
On Monday, China's Foreign Ministry promptly challenged Japan's reckless actions in regards to the Diaoyu Islands, with Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei saying China firmly opposes the move.
Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Monday summoned Japanese Ambassador to China Uichiro Niwa for a meeting to lodge solemn representations and strong protests against the Japanese government's illegal "buying" of the islands.
Yang said the Diaoyu Islands and their affiliated islets have been China's inherent territory since ancient times, which is backed by historical and legal evidence.
The Japanese government's so-called "purchase" of the islands and other unilateral actions are illegal and invalid, Yang said.
Japanese gov't signs purchase contract on Diaoyu Islands: media
TOKYO, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Japanese government has exchanged the official contract on the purchase of Diaoyu Islands with Kurihara family whom the Japanese side called "the private owner", NHK reported Tuesday morning.
Japanese Cabinet on Tuesday morning decided to disburse reserve funds to purchase part of China's Diaoyu Islands, before signing a sales contract with whom the Japanese side called "the private owner" of the islands scheduled later Tuesday, it said. Full story
Two Chinese patrol ships reach waters around Diaoyu Islands
BEIJING, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- Two ships of the China Marine Surveillance (CMS) have reached the waters around the Diaoyu Islands Tuesday morning to assert the country's sovereignty.
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Hu states China's stance on Japan ties, Diaoyu Islands
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The two leaders met on the sidelines of the 20th informal economic leaders' meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. Full story
Top legislator reiterates China's stance on Diaoyu Islands
TEHRAN, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- China's top legislator Wu Bangguo said here Monday that Japan's decision to "buy" the Diaoyu Islands is illegal and invalid.
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"Absolutely no concession" on Diaoyu Islands, says Chinese premier
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." Full story
Full text of Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China
BEIJING, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Following is the full text of the Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China issued on Monday.
Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China
10 September 2012
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