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Diaoyu Islands

The Diaoyu Islands are a group of uninhabited islands located roughly due east of mainland China, northeast of Taiwan, west of Okinawa Island, and north of the southwestern end of the Ryukyu Islands. They are currently controlled by Japan, which calls them Senkaku Islands. Both China and Taiwan claim sovereignty over the islands. 

Former Japanese prime minister Tomiichi Murayama (centre) arrives in Beijing yesterday. Photo: Reuters

Ex-ambassador Uichiro Niwa calls Japan too quick to buy Diaoyus

Uichiro Niwa, Tokyo's former ambassador to Beijing, has criticised the Japanese government for rushing into the purchase of the disputed Diaoyu Islands and appealed to both China and Japan to bring the territorial row to a peaceful resolution.