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Taiwan protests Japan's claim to Diaoyutais in diplomatic paper

2016/04/15 23:25:26

Taipei, April 15 (CNA) Taiwan on Friday issued a strong protest over Japan's claim in its annual diplomatic paper that the disputed Diaoyutai Islands are part of its territory.

In a statement, the ministry described Japan's description of the islands in the diplomatic blue book Tokyo released on Friday as "untrue" and reaffirmed the Republic of China's sovereignty over the Diaoyutais in the East China Sea.

Whether from the perspectives of international law, history or geography, "the Diaoyutais are an inherent part of the ROC's territory," it said.

Taiwan will continue to closely follow developments in the Diaoyutais, known as the Senkakus in Japan, the ministry said, and reiterated its appeal for all parties concerned to address territorial disputes through peaceful means to maintain stability and prosperity in the region.

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 Elaine Hou)