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FM spokesman reiterates China's position as Abe wins Japanese election

English.news.cn   2012-09-26 16:33:36            
 • Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei on Wednesday reiterated China's position on the Diaoyu Islands.
 • Hong urged the Japanese side to take concrete measures to correct its mistakes.
 • Japan's former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won the LDP's presidential election Wednesday.

BEIJING, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei on Wednesday reiterated China's position on the Diaoyu Islands as Shinzo Abe won the presidential election of Japan's main opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).

Hong said at a daily press briefing that he had no comment on the election results, as they are part of Japan's internal affairs.

The spokesman did reiterate China's view on Sino-Japan relations, stating that current tensions were initiated by the Japanese side and that Tokyo must take full responsibility for what it has done.

Hong urged the Japanese side to take concrete measures to correct its mistakes and return to the track of negotiation so as to create conditions for the improvement of bilateral ties.

Japan's former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe beat his rival, ex-Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba, to win the LDP's presidential election Wednesday. It makes 58-year-old Abe, who headed the LDP between 2006 and 2007, the frontrunner for the post of Japan's next prime minister.

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Chinese, Japanese vice FMs consult on Diaoyu Islands issue

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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

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

Commentary: Japan's "theft" of Diaoyu Islands risks China-Japan economic, trade ties

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. Full story

Editor: Tang Danlu
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