Q: Following her meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara on October 28, US Secretary of State Clinton said openly that the Diaoyu Island fell within the scope of the US-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security. How do you comment?
A: China expresses grave concern over and strong dissatisfaction with relevant remarks of US Secretary of State Clinton. The Diaoyu Island has been China's inherent territory since ancient times, over which China has indisputable sovereignty. As a bilateral agreement reached during the Cold War, the US-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security should not harm the interests of any third parties, including China. The Chinese Government and people will never accept any word or deed that includes the Diaoyu Island within the scope of the treaty. We hope the US and Japan do more to contribute to regional peace and stability.