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Regional peace needs stronger rule of intl. law: Japan

Iran Press TV

Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:42AM

Japan has called for "stricter implementation" of international law amid Tokyo's territorial disputes with Beijing over a series of islands in the East China Sea.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida made the remarks on Thursday, at the start of a two-day conference which involves scholars from a number of countries, including China.

"What's required now for peace and stability in Asian waters is a stricter implementation of rule of law," the Japanese foreign minister said.

This comes days after two Chinese ships entered Japanese territorial waters of the disputed islands.

Japan and China have been at odds in the past few years over the sovereignty of the uninhabited islands known as Senkaku islands in Japan and claimed by China as the Diaoyus.

Tensions grew after Tokyo nationalized part of the resource-rich islands in 2012.

In 2013, China established an Air Defense Identification Zone over the East China Sea, urging all military and commercial aircraft to inform the Chinese government before entering the region.

However, Japan has violated the air zone a number of times, adding to already existing tensions.

China maintains that the islands are an inherent part of its territory and it has indisputable sovereignty over them, while the Japanese government, on the other hand, regards the islands as a part of Ishigaki, Okinawa Prefecture.


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