China escalates row with Japan over disputed islands

China escalates row with Japan over disputed islands
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China has broadcast footage on state television showing its armed forces conducting military exercises with real weapons above a small island. It is not clear when the video was made, but it has further aggravated the dispute between China and Japan over a small group of islands that are claimed by both countries.

It was aired on the anniversary of 40 years since the resumption of diplomatic ties between the two countries. The anniversary was called off, as they remain locked in the escalating dispute.

China has also published new maps, showing the islands, which it calls Diaoyu, as its territory. They are located in the East China Sea.

The Japanese government, which administers the islands and calls them Senkaku, recently purchased them from a Japanese private owner. Beijing says the move was an “illegal and invalid” attempt by Japan to nationalise the islands.

The islands are tiny and uninhabited, but they are close to shipping lanes and are thought to contain oil depopsits.

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