BEIJING, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese marine surveillance ships continued patrol and law enforcement activities around the Diaoyu Islands on Tuesday, the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said.
During the patrol, the Chinese surveillance ships (10 in total) encountered interception from the Japanese side. Japan sent six vessels and three planes (a fixed-wing plane, a helicopter and an anti-submarine reconnaissance aircraft) to the area, according to the SOA.
The SOA said the Chinese ships declared Chinese government's stand on the Diaoyu Islands to the Japanese side during the encounter.
Chinese defense chief wants peaceful resolution over Diaoyu Islands but warns of "further actions"
BEIJING, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- China's defense chief Liang Guanglie on Tuesday expressed the hope that the Diaoyu Islands issue with Japan will be peacefully resolved but he warned of "further actions."
After his talks with U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in Beijing, Liang told reporters, "We pay close attention to the development of the (Diaoyu Islands) issue and we reserve the right to take further actions, but we hope the issue will be properly resolved through peaceful ways and negotiations." Full story
China urges Japan to "return to negotiations" for dispute settlement
BEIJING, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Japan's attempt to "purchase" the Diaoyu Islands will never succeed and it should "return to the track of negotiations" for the settlement of disputes, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tuesday.
"Today is the 81st anniversary of the 'September 18 Incident.'...Nowadays the Chinese government and its 1.3 billion people will not sit by and watch their territorial sovereignty be infringed upon," Spokesman Hong Lei said at a press briefing in Beijing. "Japan's attempt to illegally 'purchase' the islands will never succeed." Full story
Chinese, U.S. defense chiefs hold talks
BEIJING, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie held talks Tuesday with visiting U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.
Liang, also Chinese state councilor, expressed the hope that the visit will help Panetta understand China and China's armed forces, and promote the healthy and stable development of Sino-U.S. ties. Full story
U.S. defense chief says won't take sides over Diaoyu, wants peaceful resolution
TOKYO, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said here on Monday that the U.S. won't take sides over Diaoyu Islands and wants a peaceful resolution between China and Japan.
Penetta made the remarks during talks with Japanese government officials in Tokyo. Full story