Global Times reports: “China announced on Sunday that the date for the reception marking the 40th anniversary of the normalisation of China-Japan relations will be postponed to ‘a proper time,’ following escalating tensions between the two countries caused by the Japanese government‘s ‘purchase’ of the Diaoyu Islands.
“‘The Japanese government disregarded the strong opposition of China and insisted on illegally purchasing the Diaoyu Islands, which has severely hurt China-Japan relations and undermined the atmosphere of the celebration of the anniversary of the normalization of China-Japan relations,’ said an anonymous official from the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and the China-Japan Friendship Association, cited by Xinhua.
“The celebration had been scheduled to take place in Beijing on Thursday. China had planned to invite seven Japanese friendship groups to visit the country and hold talks with Tang Jiaxuan, head of the China-Japan Friendship Association and former foreign minister, to celebrate the anniversary, Japanese reports said.
“Several Chinese patrol ships were still in the waters near the Senkaku Islands (Diaoyu Islands) on Sunday, Kyodo News reported. Law enforcement ships have been patrolling these waters to assert China’s sovereignty over the past few days since Japan announced its ‘nationalisation’ of the islands.”
- China delays diplomatic reception with Japan (worldbulletin.net)
- China nixes events intended to mark 40 years of Japan ties (todayonline.com)
- China does reversal on celebrations of normalization of diplomatic ties (japantimes.co.jp)
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