China encroaches on Japan, Palau in efforts to name undersea features

BY JULIAN RYALL

Japan Correspondent

TOKYO — A number of undersea features that Beijing recently sought to name appear to be close to the limit of Japan’s exclusive economic zone and within Palau’s exclusive economic zone. Japan has expressed deep concern after an international maritime organization accepted some of the Chinese names for the undersea features.

The Sub-Committee on Undersea Feature Names, which comes under the Monaco-based International Hydrographic Organization, received 50 applications from the State Administration of China in 2016 to name undersea features, including sea mounts and ridges.

An official for the Ministry of Foreign . . .

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