CHINA DEFENDS PATROL MISSION

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(0825 CR M01)CHINA DEFENDS PATROL MISSIONDATELINE: Aug 25, 2011LENGTH: 00:00:45VOChina defended its patrol boats' activities in waters near the Diaoyu Islands on Wednesday.It said the boats were on a regular patrol mission to safeguard Chinese fishermen.The statement came in response to media query about a complaint issued by Japan earlier in the day after two Chinese ships entered waters within 12 nautical miles of the Diaoyu Islands.China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said the ships are Chinese law enforcement vessels, and they are keeping order for the Chinese fishing boats in the region. The spokesman stressed that"China has indisputable sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands and its adjacent islets, which have been an integral part of Chinese territory since ancient times."(MA ZHAOXU, CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN) Powered by www.newslook.com Producer : Xinhua News Agency

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