TOKYO, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Japanese government has come to terms with the Kurihara family, who claims to own the Diaoyu Islands, to buy the islands, local media reported Wednesday.
The central government has reached an agreement to pay 2.05 billion yen (26.15 million U.S. dollars) for the purchase of part of the chain of the islands in the East China Sea.
Kyodo reported that the government and the Kurihara family will exchange an official contract on the purchase possibly by the end of this month.
Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroyuki Nagahama had secretly negotiated with a member of the Kurihara family on Monday.
Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara has announced in April that the Tokyo government plans to purchase three of the five uninhabited islands.
Ishihara planned to build facilities on the islands for boat landing, but the demand was rejected by the central government.
A survey group organized by Tokyo metropolitan government arrived at waters near Diaoyu Islands and started illegal survey around the islands Sunday morning.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Monday that China has lodged a solemn representation with Japan over the survey conducted by the Tokyo government in waters near the Diaoyu Islands.
"Any unilateral action by Japan regarding the Diaoyu Islands is illegal and invalid," Hong Lei said at a routine press briefing.
Hong stressed that the Diaoyu Islands have been China's inherent territory since ancient times, adding that China holds indisputable sovereignty over the islands.
China has urged Japan to handle the recent problems properly to avoid any harm of the China-Japan ties.
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BEIJING, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- A Foreign Ministry spokesman said Monday that China has lodged a solemn representation to Japan over a survey conducted by the Tokyo government in waters near the Diaoyu Islands.
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by Jiang Hanlu, Wu Xia
BEIJING, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- A pack of Japanese rightists aboard vessels illegally surveyed around China's Diaoyu Islands on Sunday, a latest provocative move that infringes on Chinese territory.
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- China strongly opposes any application of the U.S.-Japan security treaty to China's Diaoyu Islands, a visiting senior Chinese military official told his U.S. colleagues here on Friday.
During meetings with senior U.S. military and government officials, Cai Yingting, deputy chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, expressed China's strong concerns over issues related to China's vital and core interests, including the U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, the territorial disputes over South China Sea and the Diaoyu Islands, and U.S. close-range military reconnaissance activities directed at China. Full story