China says Japan activists' trip to disputed islands "illegal"

BEIJING Tue Apr 23, 2013 3:24am EDT

An aerial photo shows Chinese marine surveillance ship Haijian No. 66 (top) trying to approach towards a Japanese fishing boat (bottom) as Japan Coast Guard vessel Ishigaki cruises next to the Chinese ship, in the East China Sea, near known as Senkaku isles in Japan and Diaoyu islands in China, in this photo taken by Kyodo April 23, 2013. REUTERS/Kyodo

An aerial photo shows Chinese marine surveillance ship Haijian No. 66 (top) trying to approach towards a Japanese fishing boat (bottom) as Japan Coast Guard vessel Ishigaki cruises next to the Chinese ship, in the East China Sea, near known as Senkaku isles in Japan and Diaoyu islands in China, in this photo taken by Kyodo April 23, 2013.

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BEIJING (Reuters) - A trip by Japanese activists to a series of tiny islands at the center of a dispute between Beijing and Tokyo is "illegal" and "troublemaking", the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

China has lodged a stern protest with Japan, ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily briefing.

The Japanese government purchased the islands, called the Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China, from a private Japanese owner last year, sparking sometimes-violent anti-Japanese protests across China.

The issue has brought Chinese-Japanese relations to their lowest point since normalization of relations between the two countries more than 40 years ago.

(Reporting by Sui-lee Wee; editing by Jonathan Standing)

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Free_Pacific wrote:
I don’t understand, how it is ‘illegal’, for Japanese citizens to be in Japan. The stuff China says is getting wilder and wilder. Do they believe their own lies also?

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