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Government documents on Diaoyutais in China no longer secret: MOFA

Government documents on Diaoyutais in China no longer secret: MOFA

Taiwanese government documents concerning the disputed Diaoyutai Islands recently displayed in exhibitions in China have already been declassified, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Saturday.

The ministry regrets that the documents -- dating back to the 1970s -- have turned up in China and is trying to figure out how they got there, ministry spokeswoman Eleanor Wang said.

Wang made the remarks after the United Evening News published a front page story that day, saying that documents regarding territorial disputes over the Diaoyutai and Ryukyu Islands -- both now controlled by Japan -- were exhibited and auctioned in China.

One of the documents that is marked top secret has transcripts of remarks made by Walter P. McConaughy, then-U.S. ambassador to the Republic of China, and his deputy, William H. Gleysteen Jr.

Based on photos shown in the report, Wang said, the documents were likely leaked because of poor management of archives in the past. Although some of the documents are marked as classified, Wang pointed out that as they come from over 30 years ago, they should already have be declassified under existing laws.

The uninhabited 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. (By Tang Pei-chun and Kay Liu)


Updated : 2021-09-22 10:10 GMT+08:00