China will make no concessions on the Diaoyu Islands, which are known in Japan as Senkaku.
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This came in a statement by the Deputy Chinese Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun. He said China wanted to have friendly relations with all nations, including Japan, but pointed out that China should stick to its principles.
He further said that Japan should stop doing anything that would undermine China’s territorial sovereignty.
Relations between Beijing and Tokyo soured after the Japanese government had bought out the Diaoyu Islands from private owners.
The government in Beijing accused Japan of encroaching on China’s territorial sovereignty.
China to use force if Japan challenges its sovereignty
Beijing will make no concessions on its territorial sovereignty and will resort to forceful measures, including in regard to Japan, in response to any moves that challenge China’s territorial integrity, Xinhua news agency said citing a senior diplomat.
“We want to live in friendship with all countries including Japan, but we have to uphold our principles and bottom line,” Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun was quoted as saying at a news conference.
Earlier in the month, Tokyo lodged an official protest with Beijing after Chinese surveillance ships entered the territorial waters of disputed islands in the East China Sea.
“However, should anyone want to challenge China's bottom line on the issue of sovereignty, China will have no alternative but to respond forcefully so as to remove disturbance and obstacles and move steadily on the path of peaceful development,” the high-ranking Chinese diplomat added.
The relations between Japan and China have recently plummeted to their worst level in years over a chain of islands claimed by both countries.
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