The US Congress says it has never recognized Japanese sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands, although the Diaoyu Islands are covered by the US-Japan Security Treaty. China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said it hopes the US can keep its word.
Hong Lei, Spokesman of Chinese Foreign Ministry, said, "It’s urgent for Japan to face reality, correct its mistakes and get back on track resolving the Diaoyu Islands disputes through negotiation and dialogue. We’ve noticed that the US has stressed it takes no position on the issue. We hope the action of the US can be consistent with its words."
China’s surveillance ships and fishery ships have been carrying out patrol activities around the islands in the past week. For that, Hong Lei says Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islets have been China’s inherent territories since ancient times and the waters around the islands are under China’s jurisdiction.
China is firm in safeguarding its territorial sovereignty. He adds China’s surveillance ships and fishery ships will continue to carry out patrols around Diaoyu Islands and that maintaining China’s territorial sovereignty and maritime interests is the sacred duty of China’s Navy.