Source: South China Morning Post (access date: 3 October 2012).
In response, Japan’s Deputy UN ambassador Kodama Kazuo stated that “an assertion that Japan took the islands from China cannot logically stand (Xinhua News 29 September 2012).” He called Yang’s reference to the WWII “unconvincing and unproductive.”
Neither China and Japan appeared interested in backing down, as China’s UN envoy, Li Baodoing, fired back at Kodama. “After so many years, the Japanese government still clings to its old-time colonial mindset, breaches its international obligations time and again, and attempts for continued occupation of the Diaoyu Islands ... This (“purchasing”) action of Japan constitutes a serious encroachment upon China’s sovereignty, and intends to continue and legalize the result of Japan’s colonial policy. It is an open denial of the outcomes of victory of the world anti-fascist war, and a grave challenge to the post-war international order and the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations… (Xinhua News 28 September 2012).