China-Japan dispute over the East China Sea Islands

China-Japan dispute over the East China Sea Islands

April 06, 2014

The East China Sea archipelago, referred to as Senkaku Islands by Japan, as the Diaoyu by China Islands, has been at the heart of a territorial dispute for many years now. Most of these islands are uninhabited islands and are being administered by Japan. The People's Republic of China (PRC) also stakes its claims over these islands. Sovereignty over the East China Sea Islands is important as it accords the owner very lucrative oil and mineral mining and fishing rights in the surrounding waters. On September 11, 2012, reports came in that the Japanese government had bought three of these islands from a private owner sparking off the protests. Later, on September 14, the Chinese State Oceanic Administration dispatched six marine surveillance vessels into the waters around the islands. source: http://www.mapsofworld.com/world-news/east-china-sea-dispute.html

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