Taipei-Tokyo fish­ery pact benefits both sides: gov’t

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

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.

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