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Taiwan protests over Japanese museum related to disputed islets

TAIPEI — Taiwan on Thursday expressed a protest over the opening of a Japanese museum displaying items related to Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.


The permanent exhibition within Tokyo’s Hibiya Park deals with materials from the South Korean-controlled group of islets in the Sea of Japan called Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in South Korea.


The 100-square-meter space also includes items related to the Senkakus, claimed by Taiwan and China, which call them the Tiaoyutai Islands and Diaoyu Islands, respectively.


“We want to stress again that the Tiaoyutai Islands are the territory of the Republic of China,” Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.


It said that the position of the Taiwan government on the issue has been consistent. It has insisted that the dispute be settled peacefully and that any unilateral action to heighten tensions should be avoided so peace and stability in the region could be jointly maintained, it said.


South Korea earlier Thursday also protested over the opening of the museum, calling it to be shut down immediately.

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