In this undated photo, a flag bearer unfurls the Chinese national flag. (ZOU HONG / CHINA DAILY)
BEIJING - China has lodged solemn representations with Japan and the United States to express strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition to their negative China-related moves, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Thursday.
The website of the Japanese Foreign Ministry issued a press release Tuesday on the bilateral talks between its senior deputy minister for Foreign Affairs Takeo Mori and visiting US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, criticizing China by name on the East China Sea and South China Sea issues, reiterating the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits, and expressing grave concern over the situation in China's Xinjiang and Hong Kong.
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Emphasizing that issues relating to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Xinjiang are all China's internal affairs, which brook no interference by any external forces, spokesperson Zhao Lijian told a press briefing that no one should underestimate the resolve, the will and the ability of the Chinese people to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.
On maritime issues, China is firm in its resolve to safeguard its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests, and stands ready to continue to properly handle differences with countries concerned through consultation and negotiation, Zhao said.
"Any intervention by external forces in the East China Sea and South China Sea under any pretext will only cause unnecessary interference in the peace and tranquility of the region, and run counter to the interests of countries in the region," the spokesperson added.
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