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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The Diaoyutai Islands, also known as the Senkakus in Tokyo, are administered and controlled by Japan but also claimed by Taiwan and China.
After Taiwan was officially incorporated into Ching Dynasty China in the 17th (1683) century, the Diaoyutai Islands came under the administration of Kavalan County, Taiwan.
By the same token, in its official statement of "The Diaoyutai Islands: An Inherent Part of the Territory of Republic of China" (Diaoyutai Islands) by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of China, Taiwan claims, "The Diaoyutai Islands, an island group of Taiwan, are under the jurisdiction of Yilan County" (Diaoyutai Islands, para.
149, 152; "The Diaoyutai Islands An Inherent Part of the Territory of the Republic of China (Taiwan)," Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan), http://www.mofa.gov.tw/ EnOfficial/Topics/TopicsArticleDetail/fd8c3459-b3ec-4ca6-9231-403f2920090a.
Well, what the Japanese fishermen are fishing in their Northern Territory is to Japan what their Taiwanese counterparts are doing off the Diaoyutai Islands to Taiwan.
Nations including Japan, China, Taiwan and others are fighting over the sovereignty of the Diaoyutai Islands, with each country claiming ownership.
Provisions set forth in the agreement, however, do not apply to waters within 12 nautical miles of the Diaoyutai islands, over which both Taiwan and Japan claim sovereignty.
* In the East China Sea, China, Japan, and Taiwan each claim a Japan-administered island group that Japan calls the Senkakus, China the Diaoyu Islands, and Taiwan the Diaoyutai Islands.
Taiwanese and Japanese fishing boats can operate freely in a disputed area north of the Japanese islands of Yaeyama and Miyako, but the waters within 12 nautical miles of the Diaoyutai islands are not covered by the 2013 agreement.
China, which also claims the Diaoyutai Islands, reportedly sent a Coast Guard vessel to survey the largest feature of the island chain, Uotsurijima, on Saturday morning, as a warning message to both Taiwan and Japan ahead of the talks.
The retired general said that once Taiwan is under its control, Beijing would "gain more influence over Indo-Pacific shipping lanes, then China can start to add nuclear pressure on the countries in the Pacific." From Taiwan, the PLA would then capture the uninhabited and disputed Diaoyutai Islands, which are just northeast of Taiwan proper.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) reiterated Thursday Taiwan's claim over the disputed Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea after the Japanese government issued a protest to the ministry as it found a record number of Taiwanese fishing vessels operating near the islands that are claimed by both countries.