Qin Gang, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, has stated that the government is firmly opposed to last week’s statements by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Qin stated that the Chinese government urged the U.S. to act with a responsible attitude in regard to the islands, and choose its words carefully. He added that the stability of China-U.S. relations should be kept in mind, along with building credit among the Chinese people.
This mouth-full response was a reply to Clinton’s simple comment on Friday that the U.S. did not take a position on the uninhabited territory’s final sovereignty, but did view the islands as currently under Japan’s administrative control. The has been the U.S. government’s position for months now, stated many times over, but now Qin says this is “ignorant of facts and indiscriminate of rights and wrongs.” And now the U.S. needs to work on building credit with the people of China? What probably really pushed Qin’s buttons was that Clinton said the U.S. would oppose any unilateral actions threaten Japan’s administrative authority, most likely referring to China’s repeated flying of fighter jets near the islands.
Qin and the Foreign Ministry also added that the Senkaku Islands were a part of the U.S.’s historical responsibility, as they put the islands under Japanese control following World War II. The Chinese official reiterated the government’s usual claim that the territory was an inherent part of China’s sovereignty, and that the Japanese government was the primary source of tensions, due to its continued taking of “wrongful actions.”
[via The People’s Daily]