(ZEROHEDGE) – Tensions have been on the rise in the past days between China and Japan, especially after China's defense ministry issued a Tuesday night warning for Japan to "stop making provocative moves" and to immediately halt its rhetoric condemning Beijing's claims to disputed uninhabited islands in the East China Sea.
The statement said that "China’s defense department stressed the fact that the Diaoyu Islands and its affiliated islets are all China’s inherent territory," according to spokesman Wu Qian. It asserted: "Japan should stop all provocative moves involving the Diaoyu problem" – which Japan calls the Senkakus.
Further according to a read-out of the message: "The Chinese side also expressed strong dissatisfaction and serious concern over its recent series of negative moves against China and asked Japan to abide by international relations criteria, stop smearing China and take practical actions to maintain China-Japan relations."
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