A Chinese state-run newspaper has run a South Korean civic group’s half-page advertisement pushing Korea’s prefered name for its disputed waters with Japan, the first time such a sensitive ad has appeared in Chinese state media.
The ad in China Youth Daily was published on Friday amid President Xi Jinping’s two-day state visit to South Korea.
South Korea and Japan have been at odds for decades over the name of the disputed waters, with Seoul calling it the “East Sea” and Tokyo referring to it as the “Sea of Japan”.
In the past, Beijing has not taken sides on the issue, the report said.
Under the headline “Do You Know?”, the ad claims the body of water separating South Korea and Japan “has been called the ‘East Sea’ for 2,000 years”.
“A lot of evidence from old Chinese and European maps proves that,” the ad said, adding that China and South Korea should work together for prosperity and peace in northeast Asia.
“[The East Sea] is an ancient name used by the world, so we hope that more countries in Asia will mark the body of water as the East Sea,” the ad said.
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