Q: It is reported that while commenting on Japan letting the Chinese captain return, Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara denied the existence of any territorial dispute between Japan and China in the East China Sea. He also said that if a similar incident occurs in the future, Japan will resolutely deal with it. How do you comment?
A: The Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands have been China's territory since ancient times. The Chinese Government will as always resolutely safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Q: It was reported that in responding to the Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, the Japanese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on September 25 that Japan has solemnly and cautiously handled the Chinese fishing boat's disruption of public service in accordance with its domestic law and will not accept China's demand for apology and compensation. Meanwhile, he said Japan-China strategic relations of mutual benefits will be further enriched. How do you comment?
A: China has fully expounded its solemn position in the Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I would like to reiterate that the Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands have been China's territory since ancient times. Japan's actions seriously violated China's territorial sovereignty and the human rights of the Chinese nationals. China certainly has the right to demand apology and compensation from Japan. We hope Japan take concrete actions to enrich China-Japan strategic relations of mutual benefits.