BEIJING, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- Chinese marine surveillance ships and fishery patrol ships will continue to perform their official duties in waters near the Diaoyu Islands, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said on Monday.
Hong said at a regular press briefing that the waters off the Diaoyu Islands are under China's jurisdiction.
Fishery authorities said Saturday that five fishery patrol ships were in the area during the National Day holiday to continue their patrol missions. Four Chinese marine surveillance ships arrived in the waters last Tuesday.
Regarding Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba's recent statement that the Japanese government hopes to resume talks with Taiwan on fishing in the waters, Hong said the Japanese government should strictly comply with the one-China principle and properly handle relevant issues.
Hong said he noted that the United States has said it takes no position on the China-Japan territorial dispute and hopes the U.S. side will "walk the talk."
He once again urged the Japanese side to correct its mistakes and return to negotiations to resolve the dispute.
Responding to a question concerning Chinese naval activities, Hong said safeguarding the country's territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests is the Chinese military's sacred duty.
Chinese surveillance ships patrol Diaoyu Islands waters
BEIJING, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- Four Chinese marine surveillance ships patrolled in the waters off the Diaoyu Islands on Tuesday after the Japanese right-winger's intrusion, the Foreign Ministry confirmed.
China is strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposes the Japanese right-wingers' illegal entrance into the waters off the Diaoyu Islands and is keeping high vigilance to their intention and purpose, FM spokesman Hong Lei said Tuesday at a regular press briefing. Full story
Interview: Diaoyu islands belong to China: Austrian international law expert
VIENNA, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- Diaoyu Dao and its affiliated islands have been Chinese territory since ancient times and China's claim to their sovereignty is legal and reasonable, says an Austrian expert on international law.
China's claim is based on international law and is strongly substantiated by the results of abundant historical research, Gerd Kaminski, a professor of international law at the University of Vienna, told Xinhua in a recent interview. Full story
Full Text: Diaoyu Dao, an Inherent Territory of China
BEIJING, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- The State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China on Tuesday published a white paper on Diaoyu Dao, an inherent territory of China. Full story
Scholars defend China's island sovereignty with evidence
SHANGHAI, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- More than 50 scholars from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and abroad convened in Shanghai on Wednesday to defend China's sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands with historical and legal evidence.
The seminar, organized by the Shanghai Institute for International Studies, Fangxia Cultural Exchange Association and the National Society of Taiwan Studies, came a day after the Chinese government issued a white paper asserting the country's indisputable sovereignty over the Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islets, referred to in the document as "the inherent territory" of China. Full story