"China has made solemn representations to Japan, demanding that it immediately cease actions harming China's territorial sovereignty." China’s Foreign MinistryChina has demanded that Japan "immediately cease actions harming its territorial sovereignty" amid escalating tensions over disputed islands in the East China Sea. "China has made solemn representations to Japan, demanding that it immediately cease actions harming China's territorial sovereignty," China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday. The statement came in response to plans by a group of Japanese lawmakers and nationalists to visit the East China Sea islands. "China reiterates that any unilateral action taken by Japan regarding" the islands "are illegal and invalid", the statement added. On Friday, Japan deported Fourteen Chinese activists who had sailed to the disputed Diaoyu Islands from Hong Kong. The detainees, who are activists from the Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands, say their move was aimed at countering the plan of Japanese lawmakers to visit the disputed islands.
Japan's coastguard said that five activists were detained when they landed on one of the islands on Wednesday and the nine other activists were later arrested on their boat.The five men, who are the first non-Japanese to set foot on the archipelago for eight years, planted Chinese flags on the island's rocky shore. The chain of five uninhabited Islands, known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese, are located in the East China Sea between Taiwan and Okinawa and are claimed by both China and Japan, which currently controls the islands. PG/JR