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(LEAD) S. Korea protests China's jurisdictional claim on Ieodo
SEOUL, March 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korea called in China's ambassador on Monday and lodged a formal protest against reported remarks by a senior Beijing official that laid jurisdictional claim to a submerged South Korean outcropping of rock in the waters south of Jeju Island, Seoul officials said Monday.

The issue surrounding Ieodo recently surfaced after local media reported Liu Xigui, chief of China's State Oceanic Administration, claimed in an interview with China's Xinhua news that the outcropping lies under Beijing's jurisdictional boundary.