Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Remarks on Chinese Maritime Surveillance Ships' Rights Protection Patrol in Waters off the Diaoyu Islands

Q: It is learned that Japanese right-wing activists re-entered the territorial sea of the Diaoyu Islands on October 3, and Chinese maritime surveillance ships were also there for rights protection patrol. Please confirm. What is China's comment?

A: China firmly opposes Japanese right-wing activists' illegal entry into waters off China's Diaoyu Islands. Under the current circumstances, especially when China and Japan are stepping up consultation and negotiation on the dispute over the Diaoyu Islands, what is the Japanese right-wing activists' motive for repeatedly orchestrating provocations on the Diaoyu Island? Why did the Japanese government tolerate their actions once and again? In recent years, it is precisely the Japanese right wing that has been stirring up troubles and sowing discord between China and Japan by playing up the issue of the Diaoyu Islands. Looking back at history, it was the Japanese right wing that led the country to the path of militarism and turned it into a seat of war, which brought untold sufferings onto Asian countries and peoples. The dispute over the Diaoyu Islands was also one of the issues left over by that war. We want to stress that history cannot be reversed, denied or forgotten. The Chinese people as well as people from countries around Asia and the world should all be highly vigilant against the Japanese right wing's scheme.

China is following closely the development of the situation. China's maritime surveillance ships will continue to patrol for rights protection in waters off the Diaoyu Islands.

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