China On High Alert Over Escalating Tensions With Japan
Xinhua News Agency
January 16, 2013
China alert to Japanese Diaoyu Islands escalation
BEIJING: A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Wednesday that China is on high alert for Japan escalating tensions over the Diaoyu Islands.
Spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks in response to media reports saying Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera on Tuesday expressed a stance of handling Chinese jets entering airspace over the Diaoyu Islands with international standards.
“China has taken note of relevant reports. The patrol conducted by China’s public service ships and planes in waters and airspace of the islands is a normal performance of duty to exercise jurisdiction,” Hong said.
He also reiterated China’s opposition to Japanese planes and vessels entering the waters and airspace of the Diaoyu Islands.
Relations between Japan and China have soured since the Japanese government said it would “purchase” part of the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea in 2012. China insists that the islands are part of its inherent territory.
Commentary: Rational policy needed from Abe government on China-Japan ties
BEIJING, Jan. 16: 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.
China to survey Diaoyu Islands: FM spokesman
BEIJING, Jan. 15: 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
China plans Diaoyu Islands mapping
BEIJING, Jan. 15: China is to survey the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea as part of a program of mapping its territorial islands and reefs, it was revealed on Tuesday.
The first stage of the island surveying and mapping was launched in 2009 and has finished the monitoring of islands located within 100 km of the coastline, according to a document issued at a press conference held by the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation. Full story
China to continue to patrol in Diaoyu Islands
BEIJING, Jan. 10: China will continue to carry out regular patrols over its territorial waters off China’s Diaoyu Islands and the South China Sea, the State Oceanic Administration said on Thursday.
China will continue to oppose any infringement on the country’s sovereignty over territorial waters by Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines, said Liu Caigui, director with the administration at a national conference on maritime work.