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Japan's naming of disputed islands a 'farce', says China

Published on Aug 3, 2014 5:19 PM
 
A Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's PC3 surveillance plane flies around the disputed islands in the East China Sea, known as the Senkaku isles in Japan and Diaoyu in China, in this Oct 13, 2011, file photo. China's state media on Sunday slammed Japan's move to name islands at the edge of its territorial waters claimed by Beijing as a "farce", saying they already had Chinese names. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - China's state media on Sunday slammed Japan's move to name islands at the edge of its territorial waters claimed by Beijing as a "farce", saying they already had Chinese names.

Tokyo on Friday named 160 uninhabited islands in the East China Sea which include five in an archipelago known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China over which the two nations have long been at loggerheads.

"Japan's naming farce can't change China's sovereignty over Diaoyu Islands," was the headline of a commentary in China's state-run news agency Xinhua.

"Japan may believe that giving names to those islets is a show of its sovereignty, but it has to be reminded that those islets have already got a Chinese name," it added.

 
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