The Straits Times
Published on Sep 27, 2012

China slams Japan PM's 'obstinate persistence'


BEIJING (AFP) - China criticised Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's "obstinate persistence" on Thursday after he insisted there could be no compromise with Beijing on the ownership of disputed islands.

"China is extremely dissatisfied with and sternly opposes the Japanese leader's obstinate persistence in his incorrect views regarding the Diaoyu islands," Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in a statement.

Mr Noda said on Wednesday that a disputed archipelago in the East China Sea that China knows as the Diaoyu islands and Japan calls the Senkaku, is "an integral part" of Japanese territory "in the light of history and of international law."

"It is very clear and there are no territorial issues as such. Therefore there cannot be any compromise that could mean any setback from this basic position. I have to make that very clear," Mr Noda told reporters at the United Nations General Assembly.