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Published On: Sun, Feb 12th, 2017

President Tsai Ing-Wen’s Office to Trump and Abe: Diaoyu Islands Belong to Taiwan

nsnbc : The office of Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-Wen responded to a joint statement issued by Japanese prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump, protesting that the Diaoyutai belong to Taiwan and are Taiwanese territory.

diaoyu daoSovereignty over the rocky islands is disputed by Japan, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of China (Taiwan) who designate the islands as Senkaku Islands, Diaoyu Dao and Diaoyutai, respectively.

In their joint statement, Trump and Abe asserted that the islands were covered by the mutual security alliance between the United States and Japan.

The term mutual security alliance is, according to many independent observers a misnomer due to the fact that Japan still has no peace treaty, with Russia included, and the fact that Japan, along with Germany and Italy, is still designated as enemy state to the UN in the UN Charter.

The office of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen asserted that the disputed islands are Taiwanese territory. The Chinese government in Beijing was surprisingly silent about Trump’s and Abe’s statement – which many understood as an expression of Beijing’s “One Chine Fits All Chinese” policy – why not let Tsai Ing-Wen stress Taiwanese – US relations – war is most efficient when nobody gets hurt.

The joint statement was issued during the visit of Japanese prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Washington. The statement was published on the website of the White House (here). The rocky archipelago is uninhabited but all three, Japan, China and Taiwan are fiercely interested in the island group. Abe and Trump affirmed:

“The two leaders affirmed that Article V of the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security covers the Senkaku Islands,” the statement read, using the Japanese name. … They oppose any unilateral action that seeks to undermine Japan’s administration of these islands.”

Taiwan’s  presidential spokesman Alex Huang, for his part, stressed that Taiwan also has maintained the islands were Taiwanese territory and that the government’s stance never changed. Alex Huang called on all sides to put all disputes and conflicts aside and to go for joint development of the islands, which are lying in the middle of rich fishing grounds possibly containing oil and gas reserves. All sides should use peaceful means to solve differences of opinion in order to maintain regional peace and stability, Huang said.

CH/L – nsnbc 12.02.2017

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