The South Korean government today solemnly protested Japan’s claim to have sovereignty in Dokdo (Japan’s Zhudao) in the 2019 “Defense White Paper” and urged Japan to withdraw this claim immediately.
South Korea’s joint news agency reported that the South Korean government issued a commentary on behalf of the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stating that the Japanese government’s “Defense White Paper” published today is once again an island of South Korea’s inherent territory that is historically, geographically and internationally distinct. Proclaiming sovereignty, South Korea has solemnly protested this and urged Japan to withdraw this claim immediately.
The commentary stated that Japan should be clear that the old-fashioned re-emphasis is not beneficial to the development of relations between South Korea and Japan. The Japanese government’s unreasonable claims will not have any impact on South Korea’s sovereignty over Dokdo, and the South Korean government will resolutely respond to any Japanese provocation against Dokdo’s sovereignty.
Dokdo is called Takeshima in Japan. It is composed of two islands and 91 reef groups in the Sea of Japan (South Korea called the East China Sea). It is actually controlled by the South Korean Marine Police Agency on the island of Laos. The administrative region belongs to the Republic of Korea. Gyeongsangbuk-do, Yuling County, Yuling, 1-1, Fanshan, Dudao.
Japan also advocates sovereignty over Takeshima. The Japanese government has divided Zhudao into Shimonoseki-cho, Shimane Prefecture, but since 1952, there has never been any actual effective control.
South Korea and Japan both claimed to be the first to explore Dokdo, and there are still territorial disputes between the two countries.
The Japanese government passed the 2019 edition of the “Defense White Paper” at the cabinet meeting today. Since 2005, it has claimed the sovereignty of Zhudao for 15 years.