BEIJING, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman confirmed on Thursday that Chinese maritime surveillance ships had entered the 12-nautical-mile zone around the Diaoyu Islands.
Hong Lei made the remarks in response to a question after media reports had said a fleet of China's maritime surveillance vessels entered the zone on Thursday.
"The Chinese maritime surveillance vessels conducted routine patrols in the territorial waters around China's Diaoyu Islands to safeguard the country's sovereignty on Oct. 25," Hong said, adding that it was a normal activity for the Chinese surveillance ships to exercise jurisdiction over the waters.
Senior Chinese diplomat urges Japan to correct mistakes on Diaoyu Islands issue
GENEVA, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- A senior Chinese diplomat urged Japan on Wednesday to immediately stop all activities that violate China's territorial sovereignty, take concrete actions to correct its mistakes and return to the track of negotiation with China for resolving the dispute over Diaoyu Islands.
"The recent moves of the Japanese government to mislead the international public opinion can in no way change the historical fact that Japan stole the Diaoyu Islands from China," said Liu Zhenmin, permanent representative of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva and Other International Organizations in Switzerland. Full story
German paper publishes Chinese embassy's open letter on Diaoyu Islands
BERLIN, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Tuesday published an open letter by the Chinese embassy that tells the truth to the German pubic on the Diaoyu Islands dispute and urges Japan to stop all acts that infringe Chinese sovereignty and return to the track of dialogue and negotiation to solve the issue.
The letter by the embassy spokeswoman Zhou Jian, named "Facts speak for themselves", said that it is necessary for the embassy to clarify the truth and facts of the Diaoyu Islands to the German public as the issue has drawn international attention after tension escalated in the East China Sea due to "nationalization" attempts of the islands by the Japanese government. Full story