An agreement on fishing territories signed by Japan and Taiwan has angered China, which has its own claims over the disputed group of islands in the East China Sea.
The Senkaku islands have been at the center of an increasingly tensed discussion between Japan and China.
“We are extremely concerned about Japan and Taiwan discussing and signing a fishing agreement,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei, quoted by the international press. “We hope that Japan earnestly abide by its promises on the Taiwan issue and act cautiously and appropriately,” he added.
Japan agreed to let Taiwanese fishing boats operate in part of Japan’s exclusive economic zone around the Senkaku islets that are controlled by Japan, but also claimed by China and Taiwan.
Chinese officials are also irritated by the fact that Japan, even if has diplomatic ties only with China and recognizes that Taiwan belongs to China, it is keeping a close economical and cultural relationship with Taiwan.