An aide to the Office of the President of Taiwan has reiterated that they have sovereignty over the disputed islands in the East China Sea. Known as the Senkakus by Japan, Diaoyu by China and Diaoyutai by Taiwan, the resource-rich uninhabited islands has been a source of contention among the three countries for the past years.
Timothy Yang, the secretary-general of the Presidential Office, said that they have always been clear that the Diaoyutais are an “inherent part of the sovereign territory of the Republic of China.” He made the statement during the Taiwan-U.S.-Japan Trilateral Security Dialogue forum in Taipei. He also emphasized that they are intent on resolving the issue by adhering to the principles of “safeguarding sovereignty, shelving disputes, pursuing peace and reciprocity and promoting joint exploration and development.”
During the follow-up session, Akihisa Nagashima, a member of Japan’s House of Representatives, said that Japan’s claims are based on historical facts and are supported by international law. However, he said that Taiwan and Japan have common interests in terms of security and democracy, and can settle this issue in a democratic manner, while condemning China’s “unilateral” actions in its disputes over South China Sea and East China Sea. He stressed that China‘s actions should be “restrained” and that disputes should be resolved through rule of law, not forceful measures.
A former member of the US House of Representatives, Dan Burton, praised Taiwan for trying to resolve the fishing rights issues with Japan “in a very responsible way” despite the ongoing territorial tensions over the islands. The two East Asian countries signed a fishery agreement in April of this year to settle the issues of overlapping fishing territories in the East China Sea.
[ via Focus Taiwan ]