BEIJING, Sept 14 (Xinhua) -- Two Chinese surveillance ship fleets have arrived at waters around Diaoyu Islands Friday morning and started patrol and law enforcement there.
It is the first time for Chinese surveillance ships to patrol there after the Chinese government announced on Monday the base points and baselines of the territorial waters of the Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islets, as well as the names and coordinates of 17 base points.
These law enforcement and patrol activities are aimed to demonstrate China's jurisdiction over the Diaoyu Islands and ensure the country's maritime interests, according to a government statement.
Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said Friday these countermeasures by the Chinese government are an effective way to further uphold and strengthen China's sovereignty over the Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands.
Le made the remarks when addressing a seminar on the Diaoyu Islands at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse.
He said China delimited and published the base points and baselines of the territorial sea of the Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands in accordance with the Law of the People's Republic of China on the Territorial Sea and the Contiguous Zone.
"This is in line with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)," said Le.
On the same day, China's permanent representative to the United Nations Li Baodong met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday (local time) and filed a copy of the table of coordinates and charts of the baseline of the Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands.
Overseas Chinese protest "purchase" of Diaoyu Islands in Athens
ATHENS, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinese expats in Greece staged on Thursday a demonstration in front of the Japanese embassy in Athens, protesting the "purchase" of the Diaoyu Islands by the Japanese government.
About 200 members of the Chinese community in Greece gathered outside the Japanese embassy building, raising banners and placards in Chinese, English and Greek saying, "Chinese expats in Greece firmly oppose Japanese occupation to Chinese territory Diaoyu Islands." Full story
Chinese federations voice Diaoyu Islands indignation
BEIJING, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- The All-China Federation of Trade Unions and the All-China Women's Federation issued statements on Thursday, expressing strong indignation toward and opposition against Japan's so-called "purchase" of the Diaoyu Islands.
Despite strong warnings and opposition voiced by top Chinese leaders, the Japanese government on Tuesday signed a purchase contract with the Kurihara family, which Japan claims is the "private owner" of the Diaoyu Islands. Full story
Diaoyu Islands baseline announcement significant: Chinese diplomat
BEIJING, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese government's announcement of the baselines of the territorial waters of the Diaoyu Islands and their affiliated islets is of great significance, a Chinese diplomat has explained.
"By doing so, we can proclaim to the international community our indisputable sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands and the firm determination of our government and people to safeguard our territorial sovereignty and maritime interests," Deng Zhonghua, head of the Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs with the Foreign Ministry, said in an interview with China Central Television on Thursday. Full story