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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 Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islets are an inalienable part of China's territory, and it's completely normal for a Chinese marine surveillance plane to fly over them," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a regular press conference, Xinhua reported.
Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islets have been an inherent part of China's territory since ancient times, but tensions grew between China and Japan over the islands after Japan's so-called "nationalization" of Diaoyu Island and some of the affiliated islets last year.
1 million) with Kunioki Kurihara, a private businessman, to purchase three of the five main islands that constitute the Senkaku/ Diaoyu Island group, an action that effectively nationalized the islands.
The epicenter was 270 km from Diaoyu Island, 480 km from Taipei and 520 km from the city of Wenzhou in eastern Zhejiang Province.
Tensions were raised between the two neighboring countries over the islands after Japan's so-called "nationalization" of Diaoyu Island and part of its affiliated islets last year, as well as Japanese politicians' aggressive remarks over Japan-China ties.
Qin said the Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islets have been the inherent territories of China, which is an undeniable fact backed up by historical records and international laws.
The Diaoyu Island and their affiliated islets have been inherent part of China's territory since ancient times.
According to the Statement of China, the leaders of the two countries, during their summit meetings in 1972 and 1978 "reached important understanding and common ground on 'leaving the issue of the Diaoyu Island to be resolved later'" (para, 6).
25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Chinese tea oil supplier Hunan Gintoten Camellia Technology & Development ("Gintoten" or "the company") filed a formal application to the State Council, the Land and Resources Bureau, Bureau of Oceanography of the People's Republic of China on 25 December, 2012, seeking Chinese government approval to lease Diaoyu Island and surrounding islets.
We hope the Japanese side will show sincerity and take concrete action to make progress for China-Japan consultation over the Diaoyu Islands issue.
The four Chinese activists were detained in the coastal city Zhangzhou in Fujian Province early Tuesday, according to Hong Kong's Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands.
Yamaguchi, who arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, is the first senior member of Japan's ruling bloc to travel to China since the Japanese government announced it would "purchase" part of the Diaoyu Islands in September, a move that soured bilateral relations.