An article was released on March 8 that shows China pledging to defend each inch of its territory and eliminated any possible shred of compromise with Japan. Foreign Minister Wang Yi told a press conference that, “On the two issues of principle, history and territory, there is no room for compromise”. The relation between the two countries has plummeted since Japan’s purchase of the Diaoyu Islands, a purchase that China heavily protested.
Since 1894, Japan and China have had pretty strained diplomatic relations. However, in 1972, those relations were stabilized after reaching a common understanding and agreement on how to handle the issues of history, Taiwan, and the Daioyu Islands. Wang goes on to say that, “they are the precondition for the normalization of the diplomatic relations and the basis for a return to a friendly relationship. The recent comments and actions of the Japanese leader betrayed the spirit of 1972 and undermined the foundation of China-Japan relations”.