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Chinese FM reiterates stance on Diaoyu Islands

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Visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here on Wednesday that China pays close attention to the latest situation of the Diaoyu Islands.

The fact is that recently some Japanese fishing boats of unknown origin have repeatedly entered the sensitive waters off the Diaoyu Islands, and China has to make necessary response, Wang said.

On this issue, China’s position is clear, he said, adding that the Chinese side will continue to firmly safeguard its sovereignty and at the same time proposes three hopes.

Wang pointed out that firstly, the two sides should earnestly abide by the four-point principled consensus reached between China and Japan; secondly, the two sides should avoid taking actions in sensitive waters that may complicate the situation; thirdly, once there are problems, the two sides should communicate in a timely manner and properly deal with them.

The foreign minister said China and Japan should make joint efforts to truly build the East China Sea into a sea of peace, friendship and cooperation, which serves the fundamental and long-term interests of the two peoples.

(XINHUA)

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