BEIJING, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- China announced Sunday it was adjusting the date to hold the reception to mark the 40th anniversary of the normalization of China-Japan relations, saying the reception would be held at an appropriate time.
Officials from the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and the China-Japan Friendship Association announced there would be a change when answering a reporter's question on the date of the reception.
It had been reported that the reception would be held at the end of September. With the signing of the China-Japan Joint Statement, the two countries normalized diplomatic relations on Sept. 29, 1972.
The official said the two countries should grasp the 40th anniversary as an opportunity to push forward bilateral relations, exchanges and cooperation in all areas.
However, the Japanese government, regardless of China's firm opposition, insisted on "buying" the Diaoyu Islands, which was illegal and severely damaged China-Japan relations and ruined the atmosphere of the 40th anniversary. The Chinese government stated its solemn stance over that and Chinese people had voiced their strong indignation, the official said.
It was in the two countries and two peoples' fundamental interests to promote the China-Japan strategic ties of reciprocity on the basis of mutual respect. China is committed to developing ties with Japan and its faith to promote bilateral friendship has not changed, the official added.
TOKYO, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- A senior advisor to Japan's ruling party said Sunday that Japan should shelve the dispute over the Diaoyu Islands in accordance with the consensus with the Chinese side.
Hirohisa Fujii, 80, former Finance Minister and chief advisor to the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in his reelection bid, said in an interview with public broadcaster NHK that historical consensus and facts should be honored. Full story
BEIJING, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- The People's Daily, the flagship newspaper of the Communist Party of China, has said the Diaoyu Islands issue concerns China's territorial sovereignty and China will not compromise even with "half steps." Full story
BEIJING, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- China asked Japan to immediately stop all acts that harm China's territorial sovereignty, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said late Saturday, after some Japanese landed on the Diaoyu Islands. Full story
BEIJING, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- After being reelected as head of Japan's ruling Democratic Party Friday, Yoshihiko Noda is poised to fend off challenges to his prime ministership in the next general elections.
Amid all the election buzz, however, Noda must not lose sight of the need for an immediate China-policy overhaul to ease the tension his current policy has stoked up. Full story
BEIJING, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- The State Oceanic Administration (SOA) and the Ministry of Civil Affairs on Friday jointly released a list of standardized names for the geographic entities on the Diaoyu Island and some of its affiliated islets. Full story
BEIJING, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- A senior marine administration official said Thursday that safeguarding China's sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands, as well as its national marine rights and interests, will be a long-term and critical struggle.
Chen Lianzeng, deputy director of the State Oceanic Administration, said at a symposium on protecting the Diaoyu Islands that all SOA subsidiaries should fully understand the severity of China's struggle to safeguard its rights on the islands. Full story