TOKYO, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- Japan is considering plans to calm tensions with China by acknowledging Chinese claims to the disputed islands in the East China Sea, while maintaining its own position, Kyodo news cited sources as saying on Tuesday.
The report said that the plans would allow Japan, without changing its long-held position, to compromise a little with China, which has called on Tokyo to acknowledge the existence of a dispute over the Chinese Diaoyu Islands, referred to as Senkaku Islands in Japan.
Japan has refused to rescind its recent purchase in mid- September of three of the five Diaoyu islands from a so-called private Japanese owner, which the government says was meant to maintain the uninhabited islands in a stable manner, despite China 's strong protest.
It remains uncertain, however, whether China would be encouraged by the Japanese step to improve the tensioned ties, said Kyodo.
China Voice: U.S. should walk the talk
By Xinhua writer Cao Kai
BEIJING, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- In late September, the United States Congressional Research Service amended and republished a report titled "The Senkaku Islands Dispute: U.S. Treaty Obligations."
"During Senate deliberations on whether to consent to the ratification of the Okinawa Reversion Treaty, the State Department asserted that the United States took a neutral position with regard to the competing claims of Japan, China and Taiwan, despite the return of the islands to Japanese administration," the report states. 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
Noda's statement over Diaoyu Islands tramples U.N. Charter
BEIJING, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's remarks to the U.N. General Assembly over China's Diaoyu Islands are unfounded countercharges against Beijing and a bald-faced mocking and trampling of the Charter of the United Nations.
Noda said the Diaoyu islands were "an integral part" of Japanese territory "in the light of history and of international law," insisting there could be no compromise with Beijing on their ownership. Full story
Ample facts presented in China's white paper on Diaoyu Islands: U.S. scholars
CHICAGO, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese government's white paper on the Diaoyu Islands has presented ample historical facts to support China's sovereignty claim over the territory, U.S. scholars say.
"As a historian, I confirm the Chinese government's strong claim of jurisdiction over the Diaoyu Islands," Guy Alitto, an associate professor of History and East Asian Language & Civilization at the University of Chicago, told Xinhua in a recent interview. Full story
China's U.N. ambassador rebuts remarks by Japanese representative on Diaoyu Islands
UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- China's U.N. ambassador Li Baodong late Thursday refuted Japanese representative's claim that the Diaoyu Islands belong to Japan.
"The Diaoyu Island the its affiliated islands have been an integral part of China's territory since ancient times," Li said in response to remarks by Japan's Deputy U.N. ambassador Kazuo Kodama that the islands belong to Japan. Full story
China slams Japanese PM's obstinacy regarding his wrong position on Diaoyu Islands
BEIJING, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- China was outraged by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's remarks to reporters at the UN General Assembly, and has urged Japan to cease immediately all actions that infringe China's territorial integrity and sovereignty.
"China is strongly disappointed and sternly opposes the Japanese leader's obstinacy regarding his wrong position on the Diaoyu Islands issue," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in a written statement on Thursday. 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