Tai­wan protests in­clu­sion of dis­puted is­lands

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Tai­wan protested Tues­day Ja­pan’s in­clu­sion in new school text­books that a group of dis­puted is­lands in the East China Sea be­long to Ja­pan, while re­it­er­at­ing the Repub­lic of China’s sovereignty over the is­land chain.

Anna Kao ( ), spokes­woman at the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs, ex­pressed the coun­try’s “stern protest” over Ja­pan’s move to in­clude the Diaoyu­tai ( ) Is­lands ( known in Ja­pan as the Senkakus) off Tai­wan into its text­books.

The gov­ern­ment will also make a se­ri­ous protest through diplo­matic chan­nels to Ja­pan over the is­sue, she added.

Kao re­it­er­ated that the Diaoyu­tais are part of R.O.C. ter­ri­tory, a fact that will not be changed by any uni­lat­eral move by Ja­pan.

She also said that the R.O.C. will ad­here to the prin­ci­ples of safe­guard­ing R.O.C. sovereignty, shelv­ing dif­fer­ences and seek­ing co­op­er­a­tion on re­source devel­op­ment in the re­gion through dia­logue, in ad­dress­ing ter­ri­to­rial dis­putes over the is­lands.

Her re­marks came in re­sponse to news that all mid­dleschool so­cial stud­ies text­books in Ja­pan will re­fer to the Senkaku Is­lands and Takeshima as Ja­panese ter­ri­tory.

In line with Ja­panese gov­ern­ment guide­lines an­nounced in 2014, the new text­books will be­come part of cur­ric­ula at schools na­tion­wide next spring, Ja­panese me­dia re­ported Tues­day.

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.

Mean­while, the Takeshima is­land chain, called the Dokdo by South Korea, is at the cen­ter of a ter­ri­to­rial dis­pute be­tween Tokyo and Seoul.

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