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China FM Accuses Japan of "Self-deception" in Territorial Dispute

09-27 10:49 Caijing
"Some individual country has ignored the historical facts and international laws, openly violated territorial sovereignty of other countries, and openly denied the result of the world anti-fascist war,"said Qin Gang

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Wednesday Japan was "self-deceiving" to claim the sovereignty of the Diaoyu Islands based on its ground that the dispute should be resolved under international laws.

"Some individual country has ignored the historical facts and international laws, openly violated territorial sovereignty of other countries, and openly denied the result of the world anti-fascist war," the spokesman commented on the speech of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda at the UN General Assembly.

Foreign ministers from Tokyo and Beijng met late Tuesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York to discuss the issue two weeks after the Japanese government's "nationalization" of some of the islands sparked protests in China sending bilateral relations to the worst in years.

"The country seriously challenges the post-war international order, but tries to take the rules of international law as a cover. This is self-deceiving," said Qin Gang, "The country concerned must face up to history and earnestly abide by international principles, and cease all actions that infringe the territorial integrity and sovereignty of other countries."

Yoshihiko Noda said in his speech that "peaceful resolution of conflicts through international law is the principal of the UN Charter and the fundamental rule shared by the international community" and that Japan will "strictly abide by this rule and look to international law."

Economic Fallout

Following reports of some Japanese car makers like Toyota and Nissan curtailing production in China, The Kyodo News Agency said China's boycott of Japanese products had expanded to pharmaceuticals.

Many Japanese drug makers have reported a sharp growth in the number of drugs turned down by Chinese hospitals, the agency reported. Hospitals in Beijing were the first refusing to buy made-in-Japan medicine during anti-Japan protest, followed by peers in Tianjin, another north metropolis, and southwest China's Chengdu as well as other cities.

Some 30 hospitals in total returned medical products produced by Japanese companies, or rejected to renew purchasing contracts, the report said.

On Tuesday, Chinese authorities demanded the exit of all Japanese companies from the Western China International Fair held in Chengdu. The Chinese government also delayed the process to grant work visas to Japanese, and stiffened customs checks on imported Japanese goods.

 

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