Japanese athletes won’t perform in China: Chinese authorities refused to register them

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Nov 10, 2012 20:18 Moscow Time

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China has announced that Japanese runners will not take part in the traditional annual marathon in Beijing this year.

About 30,000 Japanese runners have already asked via the Web for participation in the marathon, but the Chinese authorities refused to register them.

The reason is that the relations between China and Japan have worsened because of the aggravation of the two countries’ dispute over a group of islands, which the Japanese call Senkaku, while the Chinese – Diaoyu. Each country claims that the islands should belong to it.

The dispute over the islands has been lasting since the late 19th century, but it aggravated recently after Chinese ships had approached the islands.

Voice of Russia, BBC

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_11_10/Japanese-athletes-won-t-perform-in-China/

 



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