Senkaku Islands

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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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Envoy Chen Kan from the Ming Court recorded in the Envoys to Ryukyu in 1534, "the ship has passed Diaoyu Dao, Huangmao Yu, Chi Yu.
Diaoyu Dao, an inherent territory of China (White Paper).
10, 2012 and "The Diaoyu Dao, an Inherent Territory of China" of Sept.
Unfortunately, we found recently that Japan has raised the issue of Diaoyu Dao islands that caused a big problem in our bilateral relations.
Diaoyu Dao and its affiliated islands have been an integral part of China's territory since ancient times.
Claiming the islands have been part of Chinese territory since "ancient times," Yang said, "Japan stole Diaoyu Dao and its affiliated islands from China" in 1895 at the end of the Sino-Japanese War.
The characters used to represent the main island of the group, Uotsuri-jima (Japan) or Diaoyu Dao (China), are in fact written the same way in both languages, and only have negligible differences in ordering.