BEIJING, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- China on Friday urged the United States to stop making wrong remarks on the issue of the Diaoyu Islands sovereignty after U.S. defense secretary James Mattis reportedly said the U.S.-Japan mutual defense treaty applies to the islands.
"The Diaoyu Island and its adjacent islets have been an inherent part of Chinese territory since ancient times, which is a unchangeable historical fact," Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said after Japanese media reported that Mattis reiterated the islands fall under Article 5 of the security treaty on his first Japan trip since taking over the Pentagon.
Lu said the so-called U.S.-Japan treaty of mutual cooperation and defense is a product of the Cold War, which should not impair China's territorial sovereignty and legitimate rights.
"We urge the U.S. side to take a responsible attitude, stop making wrong remarks on the issue involving the Diaoyu Islands sovereignty, and avoid making the issue more complicated and bringing instability to the regional situation," said the spokesman.
BEIJING, April 16 (Xinhua) -- While the United States and Japan are working on updating their bilateral defense cooperation guidelines, they should bear in mind their obligation to regional peace and stability.
The two countries plan to finalize the revision, the first since 1997, on April 27. Japanese media have reported that the revision may involve Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands.
It is not the first time we have heard such a message. Last October, when the two countries worked on an interim report on the revision, there was similar news. Full story
BEIJING, April 29 (Xinhua) -- China urged the U.S. and Japan not to drag the Diaoyu Islands into a bilateral security treaty on Wednesday.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei was responding to a question on U.S. President Barack Obama's remarks at a joint press conference that the Diaoyu Islands were contained in a U.S.-Japan security treaty. The press conference was held after Obama's talks at the White House with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday.
"No matter what others say or do, the fact that the Diaoyu Islands belong to China can not be changed, " Hong said. He reaffirmed that the Diaoyu Islands are China's inherent territory. Full story
BEIJING, March 19 (Xinhua) -- The 1969 map posted on the Japanese Foreign Ministry website can only prove that the Diaoyu Islands are an integral part of China and that Japan invaded China's Taiwan and stole the Diaoyu Islands, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said on Wednesday.
Hong pointed out that the Diaoyu Islands and its affiliated waters are extended beyond the sheet line of the map in the form of 'border break', serving as powerful evidence that the Diaoyu Islands are a part of China. Full story