Japan to rename islands disputed with China 

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  • June 23, 2020
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Japan to rename islands disputed with China 

Part of: GS Prelims and Mains II – International Affairs

In news:

  • Japan approved plans to change the name of the area covering the Tokyo-controlled Senkaku Islands — known by Taiwan and China as the Diaoyus — from “Tonoshiro” to “Tonoshiro Senkaku”.
  • China said the move is illegal and a “serious provocation”.
  • Senkaku Islands are at the centre of a festering row between Japan and China.

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Key Prelims Pointers:

  • The Senkaku Islands dispute, or Diaoyu Islands dispute, concerns a territorial dispute over a group of uninhabited islands located in East China Sea known as the Senkaku Islands in Japan, the Diaoyu Islands in the China. 
  • It is roughly to east of mainland China, northeast of Taiwan, west of Okinawa Island, and north of the southwestern end of the Ryukyu Islands.
  • They are currently controlled by Japan. But both China and Taiwan claim sovereignty over the islands.
  • Oil and gas reserves had been identified under the seabed surrounding the islands and it makes the dispute tougher to resolve.

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