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China Blasts ‘Selfish’ Japan for Claiming Vast Area of Pacific Near Taiwan

  • Beijing reignites longstanding territorial dispute in Pacific
  • Japan has long claimed Okinotori as southernmost island
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China blasted Japan for a “selfish” claim over an area of the Pacific Ocean larger than France, reigniting a longstanding territorial fight between Asia’s two largest economies. 

Japan has long claimed Okinotori, which is approximately halfway between Taiwan and Guam, as its southernmost island. China says it’s merely a reef, and doesn’t entitle Japan to benefits such as a 200 nautical-mile radius exclusive economic zone or continental shelf that would apply to an island under international law.