Taipei-Tokyo fishery pact benefits both sides: gov’t
A historic Taiwan-Japan fishery agreement has benefited fishermen of both sides and promoted regional peace, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday as the pact celebrated its second anniversary.
In a released statement, MOFA said that the Taiwan-Japan fisheries agreement, signed on April 10, 2013, has proven successful in solving decades-long fishery disputes at overlapping exclusive economic zones (EEZ) between the two sides.
Without making compromises over sovereignty, MOFA said the historic fishery pact better allows fishermen of both Taiwan and Japan to operate in the overlapping territories in the East China Sea.
Prior to the singing of the pact, a total of 17 fishery disputes concerning both sides were reported in the overlapping EEZs in the East China Sea in 2012 alone.
But with the sound fishing regulations established in the pact, no similar incident has been reported since April 2013 following the singing of the agreement, MOFA said.
As part of the agreement, both sides have also set up a joint com- mittee to discuss fishery issues from both sides and to resolve possible disputes, which has already become a regular platform for both sides.
For instance, in the just-concluded round of talks this March, both sides upgraded and amended the fishery agreement so that Taiwanese and Japanese fishing boats agree to take turns operating in designated area of overlapping EEZs, it said.
The bilateral agreement has been serving as a prime example of the R.O.C’s role as a peacemaker in Asia-Pacific region and it has been broadly recognized in the international community, MOFA said.