August 11, 2008

S. Korea Plans to Build Solar Power Plant on Disputed Islets

S. Korea plans to build solar power plant on disputed islets

SEOUL, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- The South Korean government plans to build a solar power plant on the disputed islets of Dokdo, which Japan calls Takeshima, by November, the Korea Herald reported Thursday.

According to the report, the government will erect a 50 kilowatte solar power facility on one of the two main islets of Dokdo starting from next month.

When the solar plant is completed, it will meet 30 percent of electricity needs in Dokdo, the newspaper said..

The government said the project is currently at the stage of designing the envisioned facility.

South Korea insists that the Dokdo islets, located some 89 km southeast to South Korea's Uleung Island and 160 km northwest to Japan's Oki Island, have been listed as its territory in history literature since the fifth century.

Japan claims the islets have been its territory since the 17th century, as written in literature.

South Korea has controlled the Dokdo islets since the 1950s.

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