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On Thursday, China hit back at the Japanese prime minister for his statement that Tokyo would not compromise in the ongoing territorial dispute over islands in the East China Sea. PM Yoshihiko Noda said the previous day that the islands are an “inherent part of our territory, in light of history and international law.” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Qin Gang said Beijing “is strongly disappointed and sternly opposes the Japanese leader’s obstinacy regarding his wrong position,” the AP reported. “The country seriously challenges the post-war international order, but tries to take the rules of international law as a cover. This is self-deceiving,” he said in a separate statement.
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