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Taiwan, U.S., Japan share regional stability goal: Minister

2013/02/22 21:03:35

Taipei, Feb. 22 (CNA) Taiwan, the United States and Japan share the same goal of maintaining peace and stability in the East China Sea, where a territorial dispute continues to simmer, Foreign Minister David Lin said Friday.

Lin was speaking at the premiere of a short film explaining why the disputed Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea belong to Taiwan.

Referring to an ongoing visit to Washington, D.C. by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Lin said the issue of the Taiwan-Japan-China territorial disputes over the Diaoyutai Islands will inevitably be touched upon when Abe meets senior U.S. officials.

"We believe maintaining peace and stability in the region is a common goal of Japan and the United States, and it is also a target of our own policy agenda," Lin said.

He further said that the East China Sea peace initiative proposed by President Ma Ying-jeou is aimed at promoting dialogue and consultations among the claimants to the Diaoyutai Islands and at resolving the sovereignty dispute by peaceful means.

"The peace initiative is designed to deal with the complicated historical issues through peaceful means, including dialogue and joint exploration of resources in the region," Lin said.

"While we will never flinch from our sovereignty claim, we will continue our efforts to seek a peaceful solution to the issue," Lin said.

Located some 100 nautical miles northeast of Taiwan, the Diaoyutai Islands have been under Japan's administrative control since 1972, but are also claimed by Taiwan and China.

Lin said the 15-minute film was produced to help local people, as well as Taiwanese expatriates and even young adults on working holidays in foreign countries, to understand the historical and geographic links between Taiwan and the Diaoyutais, as well as the country's legitimate rights to the island chain in terms of international law.

"The film features the complicated and subtle themes in an interesting, funny and easy-to-understand style," Lin went on.

The short, the first of a trilogy, has already been uploaded to the Internet and the second and third segments will be posted on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website and on YouTube shortly afterward, Lin said.

Vice Foreign Minister Vanessa Shih, who also spoke at the premiere, said the ministry will also produce a film for international audiences on the Diaoyutais theme, which is scheduled to be released in August.

(By Rogge Chen and Sofia Wu)