Taiwan will not cooperate with China on Diaoyu islands

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Taiwan will not cooperate with China on Diaoyu islands: spokesman

CNA
2011-09-04
11:49 (GMT+8)

Ma said Taiwan will not join China in negotiating sovereignty disputes with Japan over the islands, which are claimed by Taiwan, China and Japan. (File Photo/CNA)

Ma said Taiwan will not join China in negotiating sovereignty disputes with Japan over the islands, which are claimed by Taiwan, China and Japan. (File Photo/CNA)

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou has made it clear that he will not collaborate with mainland China in dealing with sovereignty disputes over the Diaoyu islands, Presidential Office spokesman Fan Chiang Tai-Chi said Friday.

The Diaoyutai islands – known as the Diaoyutai islands in Taiwan and the Senkaku islands in Japan – are a group of uninhabited islets that lie about 100 nautical miles off Taiwan’s northeastern tip. The island group is controlled by Japan but also claimed by both Taiwan and China.

Fan Chiang said the islands are the Republic of China’s territory, no matter if they are viewed from a historical, geological, legal or agricultural perspective. “President Ma has declared on many occasions that the government will insist on its claims over the Diaoyutais,” Fan Chiang said.

Noting that nearly all conflicts in the Diaoyutai waters involve intrusions of Japanese coast guard vessels into the region to disperse Taiwanese or Chinese fishing boats, Fan Chiang said the conflicts at this stage only exist between Taiwan and Japan or mainland China and Japan.

Ma insists that Taiwan will not join China in negotiating those conflicts with Japan, Fan Chiang said. He also reaffirmed the government’s stance that it will continue to deal with sovereignty disputes in a peaceful and diplomatic manner.

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Fan Chiang Tai-Chi 范姜泰基

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