The Straits Times
Published on Sep 25, 2012

China tells Japan to 'abandon illusion' over East China Sea territory


BEIJING (AFP) - China told Japan on Tuesday it "must abandon any illusion" it has over a territorial dispute as the two sides held high-level talks over rival claims to East China Sea islands.

Vice-Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun said China "will absolutely not tolerate any unilateral action taken by the Japanese side that infringes on China's territorial sovereignty", according to a ministry statement.

"The Japanese side must abandon any illusion, face up to its erroneous actions and correct them with credible steps", Mr Zhang said at the talks, attended by Japanese Vice-Foreign Minister Chikao Kawai.

The discussions in Beijing over the long-simmering dispute that reignited last month came after weeks of rising tensions culminated in a series of street protests across China against Japan's claim to the islands.