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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Uotsurijima is one of the five islands that have been the reason for the maritime dispute between Japan and China, the report added.
The four ships left the zone at about 3:00 pm (0600 GMT) and remained within 24-nautical-mile "contiguous" waters off Uotsurijima at 3:30 pm ( 0630 GMT), a coastguard official said.
Japan s coastguard said Monday that two maritime surveillance ships had spent seven hours in territorial waters around Uotsurijima, the largest island in the Japanese-administered Senkaku chain, which China claims as the Diaoyus.
Two Japanese landed on Uotsurijima at about 9:30 am (0030 GMT)," Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told reporters, referring to the largest island in the chain.
Days later about a dozen Japanese nationalists raised their country s flag on the same island, Uotsurijima, prompting protests in cities across China.
Japan's coastguard said Monday that two maritime surveillance ships had spent seven hours in sovereign waters off Uotsurijima, the largest island in the Japanese-administered Senkaku chain, which China claims as the Diaoyus.
Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroyuki Nagahama reportedly met the landowners last week and struck the deal, which includes Uotsurijima, the largest island in the chain.
The island dispute has flared anew as pro-China activists from Hong Kong landed on Uotsurijima, one of the islands, and were deported by Japanese authorities last week.
Often testy Japan-China ties took a turn for the worse in August when pro-Beijing activists landed on one of the islands, Uotsurijima.