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Chinese Defense Ministry Warns the U.S.: Trying to Gain from the Diaoyu Islands Dispute Is Futile

China’s Defense Ministry held a regular press conference on December 27, 2012, in response to the U.S. Congress passing the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 [NDAA]. Yang Yujun, the Deputy Secretary of the Information Office and spokesman for the Defense Ministry, said that the China-related content in the NDAA "is a gross interference in China’s sovereignty and internal affairs and is not conducive to China-US strategic mutual trust. We express our firm opposition [to the bill]." 

Yang further remarked, “On the Diaoyu Islands issue, some people [in the U.S.] are attempting to muddy the waters and gain from the chaos, some [in Japan] are deluded in thinking they can exploit the superpower’s protection. All these efforts are futile.” 

Source: People’s Daily, December 27, 2012