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. 

Newly appointed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference at the premier's official residence in Tokyo. Photo: EPA

Japan just a caretaker, not owner, of islands in East China Sea

I refer to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's pre- and post-election remarks about the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, including the comment that they are "inherent Japanese territory" ("Abe 'in no doubt' about islands row", December 17).