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Taiwan protests Japan's naming of islands

Taiwan protests Japan's naming of islands

Taipei, March 3 (CNA) Taiwan has lodged a protest with Japan over Tokyo's recent move to name four uninhabited islands also claimed by Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Saturday. Taiwan's representative to Japan Feng Chi-tai immediately filed a protest with Japan and reaffirmed the Republic of China's stance on sovereignty over the Tiaoyutai Islands, the ministry said. The ministry was responding to the latest information published on the website of Japan's Cabinet Secretariat which showed that Japan had named 39 uninhabited islands within its exclusive economic zone, including four that are part of the Tiaoyutai Island chain. The Tiaoyutai Islands, known as the Diaoyutai Islands in China and the Senkaku Islands in Japan, lie about 100 nautical miles northeast of Taiwan's northeastern tip. The island chain is controlled by Japan but is also claimed by both Taiwan and China. Feng has asked the Japanese side to exercise restraint and avoid hurting bilateral relations between Taiwan and Japan, the ministry said. The MOFA said it will step up communications with Japan, urging the Japanese side to resolve disputes in a peaceful and rational way. (By Chen Pei-huang and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-04-17 14:38 GMT+08:00