Liancourt Rocks

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Liancourt Rocks,

Jap. Takeshima, Korean Dokdo or Tokdo, island group, 58 acres (23 hectares), in the SW Sea of Japan, roughly midway between the Japanese island of Honshu and the Korean peninsula. Consisting of two small rocky islands and nearby reefs, the Liancourt Rocks are claimed by Japan and South Korea, and have been occupied by South Korea since 1954. An irritant in Japanese-Korean relations, they are valuable mainly for the fisheries in the surrounding waters and the potential offshore mineral wealth.
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Kang also chronicles how controversies over possession of Taiwan, Dokodo, and the Senkakus, never an issue until the latter part of the twentieth century, disturb the region, and he delves into the disputants' probably pointless quest to rewrite their national histories to prove ownership.