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Taiwan protests Japanese website claiming islands

TAIPEI--The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) protested Saturday over Japan's launch of a website a day earlier that reiterates its sovereignty claims over the disputed Diaoyutai Islands.

"The Republic of China government expresses its solemn protest and reiterates that the Diaoyutai Islands are inherent territory of the ROC," MOFA said in a statement.

MOFA also urged Japan to handle the issue carefully to avoid affecting regional peace and Taiwan-Japan relations.

The website was launched by Japan's Cabinet Secretariat. It includes Japan's view on territorial disputes surrounding the Diaoyutai Islands, known as the Senkaku Islands in Japan, as well as the Northern Territories and the Takeshima chain, called the Dokdo by South Korea.

The Diaoyutais, some 100 nautical miles northeast of Taiwan, have been under Japan's administrative control since 1972 but are also claimed by Taiwan and China, which calls them the Diaoyu Islands.

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