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East China Sea: Isles near potentially huge oil, gas deposits

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The Diaoyu/Senkaku islands are a group of uninhabited islets in the East China Sea and claimed by China, Japan and Taiwan.

Japan has administered the islets for more than a century, calling them the Senkaku islands. In 1971, China began formally disputing Tokyo's claim over what it calls Diaoyu islands.

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