BEIJING, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- The State Oceanic Administration (SOA) on Saturday released a string of geographic coordinates of the Diaoyu Island and some of its affiliated islets, in a new move to affirm China's sovereignty.
The SOA announcement details the exact longitude and latitude of the Diaoyu Island and 70 of its affiliated islets while publishes location maps, three-dimension effect graphs and sketch maps for the Diaoyu Islands.
The announcement aims to help the public understand the information concerning the Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islets, the SOA said in a statement on its website.
The fresh statement came 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.
In its previous statements released earlier this week, the SOA said a country has the same sovereignty over its territorial sea as it does over territorial land, and such sovereignty extends to the seabed and subsoil as well as the air space above it.
Also on Thursday, China's permanent representative to the United Nations Li Baodong met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and filed a copy of the Chinese government's Diaoyu Islands baseline announcement with the United Nations.
CPAFFC protests Japan's Diaoyu Islands "purchase"
BEIJING, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and the China-Japan Friendship Association issued a statement on Friday, voicing their indignation and opposition toward Japan's "purchase" of the Diaoyu Islands.
The statement also expressed great concern for the act's vicious effects on bilateral relations and friendship between the two peoples. Full story
Safety of Japanese citizens in China protected: FM
BEIJING, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- The personal safety of Japanese citizens in China is protected in accordance with the law, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said on Friday.
Hong made the remarks in response to reports saying that some Japanese people were attacked in Shanghai recently as tensions between China and Japan over the Diaoyu Islands have escalated since the Japanese government decided to "purchase" the islands. Full story
Assistant foreign minister: Japan's tricks cannot change China's sovereignty over Diaoyu Islands
BEIJING, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- A senior Chinese diplomat said Friday no matter what tricks Japan plays, it can never change China's sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands and affiliated islets, nor the historical fact that Japan seized the territories from China.
Le Yucheng, assistant foreign minister, said at a symposium in Beijing that the Japanese had rolled out various kinds of fallacy on the Diaoyu Islands, and the Japanese aimed to rewrite the ignominious history that Japan illegally stole the Chinese territories many years ago. Full story
China's countermeasures on Diaoyu Islands further uphold sovereignty: senior diplomat
BEIJING, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said Friday that a series of countermeasures released in recent days by the Chinese government are an effective way to uphold and strengthen China's sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands and its affiliated islets.
Le made the remarks when addressing a seminar on the Diaoyu Islands at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse. Full story
Chinese diplomat warns against growing right wing in Japan
BEIJING, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese diplomat warned on Friday that China should be aware of growing right-wing forces in Japan, as they may work to undermine bilateral ties.
"The so-called 'purchase' of the Diaoyu Islands is not happenstance, but the result of changes in Japan's domestic political climate. There is an 'evil trend' in Japan that is leading the country and China-Japan relations toward an extremely dangerous situation," Assistant Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said at a seminar on the Diaoyu Islands dispute held in Beijing. Full story