Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Japanese politicians land on disputed isles

Four Japanese citizens, including local politicians, landed on disputed islands in the East China Sea on Tuesday, drawing an official protest from Beijing.

The group sailed to the uninhabited islets, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, on a fishing boat and stayed there for more than two hours, according to the Japan Coast Guard.

Beijing said it had "raised its solemn representations and protest" with Tokyo over the move, which came as Japan and China commemorate the 40th anniversary of normalisation of diplomatic ties this year.

"China's determination to safeguard its sovereignty of the Diaoyu islands is unswerving," foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in a statement in which he reiterated Beijing's "indisputable sovereignty" over the chain of islands. Read More