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Japan-China tension on disputed island chains in the Pacific.


Pacific Security News.- Temple in Okinawa. Who owns it, Japan or China?

Pacific Security News.- Temple in Okinawa. Who owns it, Japan or China?

Two analysts from an official Chinese research center suggested re-examining the ownership of the Japanese island chain of Ryukyu that includes Okinawa, adding to tensions over the Senkaku territorial dispute.


Until now, this matter was not disputed, but chinese said now that agreements reached between the Allies during World War II mean the ownership of the Ryukyu Islands may be in question, according to what the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences researchers said in a article published Wednesday in the People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s main newspaper. Both analysts said Japan’s loss in the war nullified an 1895 treaty in which China ceded territory to Japan.

This new development shows a new Chinese strategy that can add to strains as China and Japan each assert their claims over the uninhabited Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Tensions were compounded last month when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to protect the Senkaku Islands by force.


Okinawa, the largest island in the Ryukyu chain, hosts several U.S. military installations.


The Ryukyus archipelago has a population of about 1.5 million people and its northernmost point sits 30 km from Kyushu.


China and Japan have now a tense relationship.