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Chinese fleet patrols Diaoyu Islands for 5 straight months

Chinese fleet patrols Diaoyu Islands for 5 straight months

By Jia Xiaoguang, Sina English


Up to Jan 8th, China’s surveillance ships have been patrolling the territorial waters off the Diaoyu Islands for five consecutive months on their mission to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.


China has refused to accept Japan’s protest and representation over the recent patrol, according to the Foreign Ministry. Sun Shuxian, chief engineer of the State Oceanic Administration, remarked during an interview that China held a consistent stance on the Diaoyu Islands issue.


The Diaoyu Islands and their affiliated islets have long been China's inherent territory. The patrol conducted by China’s maritime ships in waters off the islands was a normal activity of exercising jurisdiction, Sun said.

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