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Taiwan protests Japan's naming of islands

ROC Central News Agency

2012/01/17 13:46:27

By Nancy Liu

Taipei, Jan. 17 (CNA) Taiwan has lodged a protest with Japan over Tokyo's recent attempt to name several uninhabited islands claimed by Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan filed a protest with Japan Interchange Association (JIA) headquarters in Tokyo earlier Tuesday morning, said MOFA spokesman James Chang.

JIA is a quasi-official organization authorized by the Japanese authorities to handle relations with Taiwan in the absence of formal diplomatic ties.

"We strongly reiterate that the Tiaoyutai Islands are our inherited territory and the islets are under the administration of Yilan County," Chang said.

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 group is controlled by Japan but is also claimed by both Taiwan and China.

Chang was responding to Japan's decision on Jan. 16 to name 39 uninhabited islands within its exclusive economic zone, including some that are part of the Tiaoyutai Island chain.

The ministry urged Japan not to damage Taiwan-Japan relations or stir tension in the region through such an undertaking.

"We will continue to monitor the situation and make every effort to protect our country's sovereignty and dignity," Chang said.

"The JIA fully understood our stance and will inform their administration of our concerns," he said.

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