Taiwan says Japan 'furtively occupying' disputed islands
News On Japan via Japan Today -- Aug 19
Taiwan has accused Japan of "furtively occupying" disputed islands in the East China Sea which are at the center of a territorial row between Tokyo, Beijing and Taipei.
The move came as Japan, which controls the islands, deported a group of pro-China activists who had sailed to one of them, and could be a sign that Taipei will take a stronger stance on the issue, Taiwanese media said.
On Wednesday, some of the activists became the first non-Japanese to set foot on any part of the archipelago since 2004, planting China's and Taiwan's flags there.
"It is in keeping with our government's territorial claim that the national flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan's official name) was on the Diaoyu islands, which Japan is furtively occupying," the foreign ministry said in a statement late Friday.
The islands are known as Diaoyu in China and Taiwan and Senkaku in Japan.
It was the first time Taiwan has described Japan as "furtively occupying" them.
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