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South Korea & China condemn new Japanese textbooks that stake claims on disputed islands

Published on Apr 4, 2014 3:03 PM
South Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Cho Tae-Yong (R) meets with Japanese Ambassador to South Korea, Koro Bessho (2nd L), at the foreign ministry in Seoul on April 4, 2014. South Korea summoned the Japanese ambassador over what it saw as a fresh move by Japan to stake its claim to a disputed set of tiny islets and a plan to promote its stance in school text books. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL/BEIJING (REUTERS) – South Korea and China on Friday condemned new Japanese textbooks that say that islands at the centre of separate territorial disputes belong to Japan, the latest in a series of disputes between Tokyo and neighbours Seoul and Beijing.

The elementary school textbooks describe islands called Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese as Japan’s “sovereign territory” and say South Korean occupation is unlawful.

The books also say China’s claims to islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyus in China in the East China Sea are unfounded.

South Korean First Vice Minister Cho Tae-yong called in Japan’s ambassador to Seoul to protest and the ministry warned of worsening ties.

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