Minitrue: Secret Russia-China Meeting?
The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online.
State Council Information Office: Please delete the article “Russia Denies It Will Support China in Territorial Dispute with Japan” and related reports. Do not comment on or hype the issue. (February 9, 2014)
The article [zh], published in Ta Kung Pao on February 8, states that in a secret meeting between China and Russia on the 6th, China agreed to support Russia’s claim to the South Kuril Islands in exchange for Russia’s recognition of Chinese sovereignty over islands in the East China Sea, including the Diaoyu Islands.
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