Japan says sovereignty of disputed islands not in doubt
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - Japan hopes to resolve a territorial dispute with China and Taiwan over a remote island chain peacefully, but regards its sovereignty there as indisputable, officials said on Tuesday.
"We do not believe that there is a dispute to be resolved," said Mr Naoko Saiki, deputy director general for press and public diplomacy at the Japanese foreign ministry, as officials briefed reporters in New York.
"We do not believe there are disputes to be resolved in terms of sovereignty or territory, because in light of historical fact and of international law the Senkaku Islands are an equal part of Japan's territory," she said.
Japan administers the uninhabited but strategically positioned archipelago under the name Senkaku. Beijing says it has owned the islands for centuries and calls them Diaoyu. Taiwan also claims the islands.