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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Remarks on Japan's Issuance of Defense of Japan 2015

2015-07-21

Q: On July 21, the Japanese Cabinet approved and published the Defense of Japan 2015, launching multiple accusations against China. How does China comment on this?

A: The new defense white paper of Japan once again ignores facts, makes irresponsible remarks on China’s normal military growth and maritime activities, deliberately plays up the “ China threat” and stirs up tensions. China is strongly dissatisfied with and opposed to this. I would like to make the following points:

First, China is committed to a path of peaceful development and national defense policy that is defensive in nature. China’s strategic intentions are transparent. China’s development of defense capacity is justified and poses no threat to any other country. China is devoted to promoting China-Japan friendship and developing bilateral ties based on the four political documents signed by China and Japan. The Japanese side must stop misleading the Japanese people or installing barriers for the improvement of bilateral ties.

Second, China always carries out normal maritime activities following international laws and relevant domestic laws. China’s oil and gas exploration in undisputed waters of the East China Sea under China’s jurisdiction is justified, reasonable and legitimate. China’s construction on some garrisoned Nansha islands and reefs, which does not affect or target any other country, is fully within China’s sovereignty and beyond reproach. Japan’s actions of deliberately intervening in the South China Sea issue and playing up regional tensions run counter to regional peace and stability, and severely undermine the political and security mutual trust between China and Japan.

Third, the Diaoyu Dao has been China’s inherent territory since antiquity. China’s patrolling and law enforcement activities in Chinese territorial waters off the Diaoyu Dao is China’s inherent right to lawfully exercise sovereignty. China will continue to take necessary measures and stay firm in safeguarding territorial sovereignty. Japan should not have any illusions about this. Meanwhile, we stand for the proper settlement of this issue through dialogue and consultation.

Fourth, it meets the trend of the times and aspirations of the people to maintain peace and stability of this region and beyond. The recent unprecedented moves Japan has made in military and security fields since the Second World War and its constantly revealed negative tendencies on the history issue have invited worries and objection from people of all countries in this region including Japan. We solemnly urge the Japanese side to stop causing tensions or provoking conflicts, and do more to contribute to regional peace and stability.

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