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Senkaku Islands

(sĕn`käko͞o), small, uninhabited island group, 8 sq mi (20.7 sq km), Okinawa prefecture, extreme SW Japan, in the East China Sea. Located 90 mi (45 km) NNW of Ishigaki in the Ryukyu Islands, the group comprises five generally low-lying coral islands and scattered islets. Uotsuri-shima (2.5 mi/4 km long, 1 mi/1.6 km wide) is largest island. There are submarine oil deposits nearby. The islands, also known as the Pinnacle Islands and Diaoyu Islands, are claimed by China and Taiwan, and have been a source of regional tensions. Beginning in 2012 China repeatedly used ship and air traffic to challenge Japan's control of the sea and airspace surrounding the islands. In 2013 Japan and Taiwan signed an agreement that permits Taiwanese fishing in part of the exclusive economic zone around the islands.
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The revisions come with a renewed pledge of the US position that the Diaoyu (Senkaku) Islands in the East China Sea fall under Japanese administration and are within the scope of the 1952 US-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security.
The Japanese are planning to continue nationalizing 280 offshore islets, which is a move aimed at territorial water expansion after the "nationalization" of the disputed Diaoyu Islands in 2012.
Japan had taken similar action some months back when Chinese warplanes flew near the disputed Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea.
Abe made the remark at a session of a Diet committee, following the words made by Japan's Foreign Ministry on Sunday that Japan cannot accept the fact that the zone covers the Diaoyu Islands, Xinhua reported.
State media published new aircraft identification rules for areas including the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands, claimed by China and Taiwan and known to them as Diaoyu and Tiaoyutai, respectively.
According to media reports, Japan's prime minister's key foreign policy advisor Shotaro Yachi said in a speech on Monday that strategic patience means Japan "will refrain from responding emotionally" to the so-called "provocations" by China on the issue of the Diaoyu Islands.
Tsang Kin-shing, a member of the Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands who landed on one of the islets last year to declare Chinese sovereignty with a few other activists, said a boat left Taiwan's Keelung port Friday night and is expected to reach one of the islands early Saturday.
Lying in the East China Sea, an island group consisting of five uninhabited islands and three rocks (known as the Senkaku in Japan, Diaoyu in China, and Diaoyutai in Taiwan) has been causing waves of sensation of the whole world.
State Department has said its position on the Diaoyu Islands has not changed.
htm#page10) Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan, which are at the centre of a deepening diplomatic crisis between Tokyo and Beijing.
The world's second- and third-largest economies are at loggerheads over uninhabited Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea, known as Senkaku in Tokyo and called Diaoyu by Beijing, which claims them.
The rocky, uninhabited group of islets in the East China Sea, called the Senkaku Islands by Japan and the Diaoyu Islands by China, are worthless in themselves, and even the ocean and seabed resources around them could not justify a war.