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Taiwan, Japan negotiating fishing regulations in Tokyo meeting

Taiwan, Japan negotiating fishing regulations in Tokyo meeting

Taipei, March 5 (CNA) Taiwan and Japan are negotiating fishing regulations in waters near the disputed Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea during a meeting under a bilateral fishing commission, a Taiwanese official said Thursday. "We are trying to reach consensus on the issue," said Chou Shyue-yow (???), deputy director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, at a news briefing. Chou's remarks came amid the three-day closed-door meeting in Tokyo set to conclude the following day. It is the fourth meeting under the Taiwan-Japan fishing commission and is aimed at discussing fishing regulations in a designated area in the East China Sea in which Taiwanese and Japanese fishermen are both allowed to operate freely. The issue topping the agenda is the distance each operating fishing boat must keep from other boats, Chou said. Taiwanese fishermen, who work in the area in greater numbers than the Japanese, prefer to maintain a one-nautical-mile distance between boats, while Japanese fishermen want to maintain a four-nautical-mile distance, he said. The meeting brings together officials from the two countries' foreign ministries, as well as their fishery and maritime law enforcement agencies, Chou said. Taiwan's delegation to the meeting is led by Hsu Juei-hu (???), Taiwan's deputy representative to Japan, and Tsay Tzu-yaw (???), director-general of the Fisheries Agency, he said. Michihiko Komatsu, head of the Tokyo-based Interchange Association's general affairs section, is leading the Japanese delegation. The establishment of the fishing commission was part of a historic fishery agreement signed by Taiwan and Japan in April 2013 on fishing rights in the East China Sea near the disputed islands, known in Japan as the Senkaku Islands. Under the terms of the agreement, Taiwanese and Japanese boats can operate freely in a 74,300-square-kilometer area around the uninhabited islets, Taiwan's Fisheries Agency said. The Diaoyutais, some 100 nautical miles northeast of Taiwan, have been under Japan's administrative control since 1972 but are also claimed by Taiwan and China, which calls them the Diaoyu Islands. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-26 00:41 GMT+08:00