China Claims Japan Trying to Cover up Islands’ Theft

Tensions surrounding the Diaoyu Islands are being stirred up single-
handedly by Japan in anattempt to rewrite Japan’s inglorious history
of illegally stealing Chinese territory, AssistantMinister of Foreign
Affairs Le Yucheng said on Sept 14.

Le, addressing a seminar on the Diaoyu Islands in Beijing, said
that the convoys of China’smaritime surveillance vessels that
arrived in the waters off the Diaoyu Islands on Sept 14 is
another strong measure that China is taking to safeguard
territorial sovereignty.

By Zhang Yunki and Cai Hong
China Daily


Above: One islet of the group – Uotsuri

The Chinese surveillance ship Haijian No. 51, front, sails ahead of a Japan Coast Guard vessel near the disputed islands in the East China Sea on Friday.

Above: The Chinese surveillance ship Haijian No. 51, front, sails ahead of a Japan Coast Guard vessel near the disputed islands in the East China Sea on Friday. (Kyodo News/Associated Press)

Tokyo is denying the historical fact that the islands belong to
China, and there is a “sinistertendency inside Japan that is
taking Japan and China-Japan relations down an extremely
dangerous road”, Le said at the seminar.

On Sept 12, Tokyo said that the “purchase” of the Diaoyu
Islands from “private owners” hadbeen completed a day
earlier, a move that has sparked protests and counter-
measures fromBeijing.

“China will in no way recognize Japan’s illegal occupation
of, and the so-called actual controlover, the Diaoyu
Islands,” Le said.

Le warned that the will and resolve of the Chinese
government and people to uphold China’sterritorial
sovereignty are “firm and will not be shaken by any force”.

On Sept 14, the convoys of China’s maritime
surveillance vessels arrived in the waters off theislands
on a law enforcement patrol mission to demonstrate sovereignty.

“This is another strong measure that we take to safe-
guard our territorial sovereignty,” Le said.

China-Japan ties have been strained since Shintaro Ishihara,
the right-wing Tokyo governor,unveiled plans to “buy” the
islands in April.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda announced a
plan in July to “nationalize” the islands,a move that prompt-
ed immediate protests from Beijing. The diplomatic standoff
has led to aseries of canceled visits and exchanges.

Le said that the Japanese government has “come out from
behind the curtain” to execute theplan to “purchase” the
Diaoyu Islands, which is “by no means an isolated event”.

Japan has dished out numerous fallacies on the “purchase”
in an attempt to cover up the truthand mislead public opinion, Le said.

“What Japan is doing is like someone grabbing a bicycle from
his neighbor. No matter who ridesthat bicycle, that person
or his son, it does not change the fact that the bicycle does
not belongto him,” he said.

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