China and South Korea condemned Japan’s move to maintain their claim on the two disputed islets by revising their current teaching manuals for Japanese schools to include it in their territories. The South Korean Foreign Ministry called Japanese Ambassador Koro Bessho and ordered him to remove the revised manuals while China on the other hand, conveyed “grave concern” over Japan’s action.
Japan recently modified their teaching manuals for junior and senior high schools to reflect the disputed Senkaku Islands and Takeshima islets as “integral parts of Japanese territory.” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said that the government has already filed a formal protest against Japan’s claim over the islands, which they say belongs to them and calls Diaoyu. Denouncing the act, the South Korean Foreign Ministry released a statement saying that Japan “laid groundless claims again over Dokdo, which historically, geographically and by international law belong to South Korea.”
These territorial disputes have long hindered the forging of good bilateral relations between Japan with China and South Korea. Other historical issues related to Japan’s past militarism and aggression during the Second World War also affected the already increasing tensions among the nations. To show the hatred South Korea has for Japan’s renewed claim of the islets, a man rushed towards Bessho’s car as he was on his way to the South Korean Foreign Ministry in an act of protest.
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