“Island”” in the midst of Sino-Japanese territorial dispute”

TOKYO - Halfway between Guam and Taiwan the outcropping known as Okinotorishima stands just proud of the waves. Physically insignificant these two jagged rocks surrounded by a man-made wall are becoming a major bone of contention between Japan which claims they are an integral part of its territory and China which counters the feature is little more than a reef that cannot legally be used by Japan to extend its Exclusive Economic Zone further into the Pacific . . .

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