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China Expresses ‘Strong Discontent’ With U.S. Diaoyu Comments

January 19, 2013

China expresses “strong discontent” with comments made by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the Diaoyu islands, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in a statement on the ministry’s website today.

China expresses “firm opposition” to remarks Clinton made after meeting Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Qin said, referring to her comments that the U.S. doesn’t hold any position on the sovereignty of the islands.

“We urge the U.S. side to adopt a responsible attitude with regard to the issue of the Diaoyu islands,” Qin said.

Clinton met Kishida in Washington last week.

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