World Bulletin/News Desk
Keisuke Yamanaka, Minister-Counselor of Embassy of Japan to Turkey, has said that whatever Chinese officials said they did not have any rights over the Senkaku islands.
After Japanese government sealed a deal to buy three of the islands from their Japanese private owner, the tension intensified between Japan and China over disputed islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.
Japan controls the uninhabited but resource-rich islands, which lie south of Okinawa and north of Taiwan, but China also claims them, as does Taiwan.
Japanese businessman Kunioki Kurihara have possession of some of the islands, but Tokyo says it has already signed a 26 million USD purchase contract with the Kurihara family.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency correspondent on Saturday, Minister-Counselor of Embassy of Japan to Ankara, Keisuke Yamanaka said that Japan had carried out several researches on the island after 1885.
It was understood as a result of researches that Senkaku islands had not been a settlement and they never came under the rule of China, Yamanaka said.
Yamanaka stated that after World War II his country disclaimed several islands under the Treaty of San Francisco in 1951.
He stated that according to the agreement, those islands, including Senkaku had came under U.S. guardianship and they had been returned to Japan in 1971 by U.S. following a deal.
He stated that after finding out oil resources in the area, China and Taiwan began speaking out about the islands.
"During the years of San Francisco Treaty, China had raised no objections to the deal, so China had accepted those islands as Japan territories. However, since 1970s, when the issue of oil resources in the region emerged, Chinese and Taiwanese officials began raising their voices. Today, those islands are in Japan's hands. Whatever Chinese authorities say, they do not have any rights over the Senkaku islands," Yamanaka said.
Stating that there was no need for the third country to be involved in the issue, Yamanaka said the U.S. was not taking any part in the issue.
"The U.S. returned those islands to Japan in 1971, which means they accepted the islands as part of Japan territory. Now U.S. authorities say they will not take sides in the matter" Yamanaka said.
Yamanaka stated that there were no possibility of war between the two countries despite the increased tension over the disputed islands. He stated that Japan was determined to sort the issue out in a peaceful way.
The disputed islands contain eight uninhabited islands. They lie in the East China Sea between the eastern coast of mainland China and south-west of Japan's Okinawa.
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