Beijing reiterated Monday that China holds indisputable sovereignty over an island chain in the East China Sea known as the Diaoyu Islands in China and the Senkaku Islands in Japan and is protesting Tokyo's move to purchase some of the islands in dispute.
On Sunday, a survey team organized by the Tokyo metropolitan government arrived in waters near the islands to assess the islands' topography.
Japanese media had reported earlier that the Japanese government agreed to buy three of the uninhabited islands from a private Japanese owner for roughly 27 million dollars by month's end.
A spokesman for China's foreign ministry, Hong Lei, on Monday condemned Japan's actions, dismissing them as illegal and invalid.
Moreover, Hong warned that Washington should not intervene in the territorial row between the two Asian countries.
[Interview : Hong Lei, Spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry ] "China hopes that the U.S. will refrain from taking a position on the issue for regional peace and stability."
Washington has reportedly taken the position that the islands have been under the "administrative control" of Japan "since they were returned as part of the reversion of Okinawa since 1972," according to State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.
China's foreign ministry spokesman, issued another warning against U.S. intereference,.. calling the treaty a relic of the Cold War,.. in advance of a meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in Beijing Tuesdsay.
Meanwhile, in the island dispute between Korea and Japan
Korean broadcaster YTN unveiled an official Japanese document from the Second World War showing Japan's registration of the Dokdo Islets as its territory.
A report issued by Japan's foreign ministry shows that the Japanese Navy had added Dokdo to a list of national property in August 1940.
In the document, however, the Japanese foreign ministry had written Dokdo instead of its own name for the islets, Takeshima, which contradicts its claim to the islets.
The name Dokdo also appears elsewhere in the document, but was crossed out.
How this revelation will affect Korea-Japan relations and the Dokdo issue remains to be seen.
Kim Yeon-ji, Arirang News.