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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Remarks on the Diaoyu Dao Issue in Response to Japan's Curriculum Guidelines to Instruct High Schools to Teach Students

Q: On March 30, Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology released its amended curriculum guidelines to instruct high schools to teach students that Diaoyu Dao is Japan's "inherent territory" without territorial disputes. What is your comment?

A: Diaoyu Dao and its affiliated islands have been China's inherent territories since ancient times. China firmly defends its territorial sovereignty. Any attempt to infringe upon China's sovereignty over Diaoyu Dao is futile. The Chinese side has lodged stern representations with the Japanese side on this. We urge Japan to face squarely history and reality, educate the young generations with a correct view on history, and stop stirring up troubles on the relevant issue.

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