At a press conference, a reporter asked Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun: There was Japanese media report that two frigates of Chinese navy were cruising in the sea areas near the Diaoyu Islands. Please confirm.
Yang said: The Diaoyu and its affiliated islands have been an integrated part of Chinese territories since ancient time.
It is entirely proper and lawful for Chinese navy vessels to conduct routine patrol and training for preparedness against war in the sea areas under Chinese jurisdiction.
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