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FM on Diaoyu Islands

PLA Daily 2004-02-11

BEIJING, Feb. 10 (Xinhuanet) -- China resolutely opposes and will absolutely not accept Japan's attempt to impose pressure on it with a third country, said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue here Tuesday.

The Diaoyu Islands and its adjacent islets, noted Zhang, have been an integral part of the Chinese territory since ancient times.

The spokeswoman made the remarks in response to the question ofa reporter who referred to a Japanese Foreign Ministry spokesman as reportedly saying recently that the United States would fulfillits obligation of defense in view of the security pact with Japan if the Diaoyu Islands were attacked.

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