BEIJING, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Japan's "purchase" and "nationalization" of China's Diaoyu Islands is putting China-Japan economic and trade ties at risk due to man-made factors.
Despite repeated protests from Beijing, Japan launched its unilateral move to "purchase" the Diaoyu Islands, which are Chinese territories, on Sept. 10 this year.
The move not only ruined the political basis for China-Japan relations, but also greatly harmed Chinese people's feelings. It was not in line with the overall situation of bilateral relations highlighting peaceful development, and it ignited demonstrations across China.
Japan should be responsible for all the possible disastrous effects to China-Japan relations resulting from its single-handed farce of its "purchase" of the Diaoyu Islands since it has challenged one of China's "core interests", which brook no compromise.
It is starting to take its toll on bilateral economic and trade ties.
Chinese consumers spontaneous boycott of Japanese products in recent weeks is proof of it.
China-Japan economic and trade relations was back on track in 1952 when the two countries signed their first non-governmental trade agreement, following a halt caused by the Japanese invasion of China in the 1930s.
Further, economic and trade exchanges have picked up speed since the normalization of China-Japan diplomatic relations 40 years ago.
Currently, China has been Japan's largest trade partner since 2007 while Japan is China's fourth largest trade partner, after the EU, U.S. and the ASEAN.
Meanwhile, China is the biggest destination for Japanese exports and biggest source of imports. In the first half of 2012, Japan's exports to China totaled 73.54 billion U.S. dollars, down 6.2 percent from the same period last year, while its import from China was 91.29 billion U.S. dollars, up 7 percent from the same period last year.
Now, China-Japan economic and trade relations are at a crossroads. China urged Japan to rein in its behavior and stop any words and acts that undermine China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Negotiation should be the way out of the rift.
Commentary: Japanese PM's attempt to confuse world at UN over Diaoyu Islands doomed to fail
BEIJING, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Instead of trying to remedy its highly provocative actions to challenge China's sovereignty and the postwar world order, Japan has chosen to take another step toward the wrong path, which will ultimately boomerang on itself.
On Monday, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is to appear before the UN General Assembly to justify Tokyo's policies toward its maritime row with Beijing in an attempt to manipulate or confuse the world opinion on China's indisputable sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands.Full story
Japan blamed for consequence caused by illegally "buying" Diaoyu Islands, says FM
BEIJING, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Ministry stressed on Monday that Japan should bear the consequence caused by its illegally "buying" the Diaoyu Islands.
Spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks at a regular press briefing while commenting on the date adjustment of when to hold the reception to mark the 40th anniversary of normalization of China-Japan relations.Full story
Two Chinese surveillance ships continue patrol around Diaoyu Islands
BEIJING, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Two marine surveillance ships continued patrol and law enforcement activities around the Diaoyu Islands on Monday, the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) confirmed.
The Haijian 46 and Haijian 66 are carrying out the activities in accordance with relevant laws of the People's Republic of China, according to a statement from the SOA.Full story
China asks Japan to stop infringing its territorial sovereignty
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
Japan's Noda needs to reset his China policy
BEIJING, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- After being reelected as head of Japan's ruling Democratic Party Friday,Yoshihiko Nodais 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
China announces names of geographic entities on Diaoyu Islands
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
Safeguarding Diaoyu Islands sovereignty a long-term struggle: official
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