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MOFA defends ROC sovereignty over Diaoyutais

MOFA defends ROC sovereignty over Diaoyutais

Taipei, July 24 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated Friday that the Diaoyutai Islands are inherent parts of the territory of the Republic of China, in response to former ROC President Lee Teng-hui's reported remarks that the islands belong to Japan.
From the perspectives of international law, history and geography, "it is unquestionable" that the islands are part of ROC territory and fall under the jurisdiction of Yilan County, eastern Taiwan, the ministry said in a statement.
"Any remarks in opposition to the ROC government's stance on the Diaoyutais will not affect the fact that our country enjoys sovereignty over the island group," the ministry said.
While reaffirming its sovereignty over the islands, the government also reiterated its principles of safeguarding sovereignty, shelving differences, seeking peace and reciprocity, and jointly exploring resources in dealing with territorial disputes in the East China Sea.
The ministry's statement followed the remarks reportedly made by former President Lee Teng-hui a day earlier that the islands are Japanese territory during a six-day visit to Japan that began July 21.
Lee made the remarks in response to reporters' questions at a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan, according to media reports.
Lee, who served as Taiwan's president from January 1988 to May 2000, is known for his pro-Japan stance. He has repeated many times that the Diaoyutais, known in Japan as the Senkaku Islands, are part of Japanese territory.
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 18:35 GMT+08:00