BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Wednesday the Diaoyu islands are Chinese territory and it has the right to conduct law enforcement activities in the area, rebutting a U.S. military commander’s criticism of incursions in territory which is also claimed by Japan.
Japan earlier this month accused China of “relentless” intrusions in waters around the groups of islands claimed by both countries in the East China Sea, called the Senkaku by Tokyo and Diaoyu by Beijing.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin, asked about the U.S. commander’s remarks, told reporters during a daily briefing that Beijing hopes the relevant parties will do more to uphold stability in the region instead of taking actions that are not conducive to peace and stability in the region.
Reporting by Gabriel Crossley; Writing by Se Young Lee; Editing by Gareth Jones
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