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Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The People's Republic of China


    On 7 September 2010, Japan illegally arrested and detained 15 Chinese fishermen and their fishing boat in the waters off the Diaoyu Island. The captain was detained by Japan until 24 September. These actions seriously violated China's territorial sovereignty and the human rights of the Chinese nationals. The Chinese government hereby expresses its strong protest. 

    The Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands have been China's territory since ancient times. China has indisputable sovereignty over these islands. Japan's detention and investigation of the Chinese fishermen and fishing boat and all forms of its related judicial measures are illegal and invalid. Japan must offer China its apology and compensation for this incident.

     China and Japan are close neighbors. It serves the fundamental interests of the people of the two countries to stay committed to the development of the strategic relationship of mutual benefit. China holds the position that the two sides should resolve problems in their relations through dialogue and consultation for the benefit of overall relations. This position has not changed and will not change.

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