Highlights –

  • China issued landform survey report on Senkaku Islands.
  • The ministry said the survey used satellite remote sensing technology.
  • The survey is aimed at obtaining data to manage resources.
  • It is also aimed to protect the ecological environment of the uninhabited islets.

On Monday, the Chinese Ministry of Natural Resources issued a landform survey report on the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. The uninhibited islands are controlled by Japan but claimed by the Communist-led government.

According to reports, the ministry mentioned that the survey uses satellite remote sensing technology, and it was aimed at obtaining data to manage resources and protect the ecological environment of the uninhabited islets, called Diaoyu in China.

The Japanese Foreign Ministry has reportedly lodged a protest against China over the move through diplomatic channels. Sources suggest that it was based on the assumption that the Asian neighbor has a claim to the islands.

Reports suggest that Sino-Japanese relations have often been frayed by the territorial issue. Washington and Tokyo have agreed that the islets fall under the scope of a Japan-U.S. security treaty.

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