BEIJING, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- A spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry on Thursday urged Japan to make concrete efforts and take effective measures to resolve tensions over the Diaoyu Islands and improve bilateral relations.
Hong Lei made the remarks at a regular press briefing when asked about media reports of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's opinion on the two countries' relations.
Hong reiterated that it is with historical evidence and legal basis that China holds indisputable sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands and their affiliated islets.
China urges the Japanese government to recognize historical facts and the current situation and resolve issues through dialogue and discussion, he said.
China attaches great importance to developing relations with Japan and hopes the Japanese side will continue to promote the two countries' mutually strategic relations under the principles of the four political documents between the two sides, he added.
BEIJING, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- Days before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe starts his first overseas tour on Wednesday, the newly elected Japanese leader ratcheted up rhetoric toward China that badly damaged the mutual trust between the two neighbors.
Abe said before his inauguration that Japan sees China as one of its most important diplomatic relationships and promised to pull their soured bilateral relations back on track. Full story
BEIJING, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Chinese authorities will survey the Diaoyu Islands in an aim to "safeguard China's marine rights," a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman told a routine press conference on Tuesday.
Spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks in response to questions concerning the announcement made earlier on Tuesday that China plans to survey the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea as part of a program to map its territorial islands and reefs. Full story