Ma fetes Tai­wan-Ja­pan fish­ing deal an­niver­sary

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou vis­ited a fish­er­man’s home in the coastal town­ship of Dong’ao in Yi­lan County Sun­day, where he ate fish caught in the once dis­puted wa­ters be­tween Tai­wan and Ja­pan, to cel­e­brate his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s suc­cess in end­ing the dis­putes.

The Tai­wan- Ja­pan Fish­ery Agree­ment, signed on April 10, 2013, is the best proof that dis­putes be­tween two coun­tries can be re­solved peace­fully, Ma said on his visit to the home of Su’ao Fish­er­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion Chair- man Chen Chun-sheng.

Chen ini­ti­ated a “For Sur­vival, De­fend­ing Fish­ing Rights” protest cam­paign on Sept. 25, 2012, af­ter Ja­pan bought the dis­puted East China Sea is­lands from their pri­vate owner, strip­ping Tai­wanese fish­er­men of their tra­di­tional fish­ing rights in the con­tro­ver­sial wa­ters.

On that day, Chen gath­ered nearly 60 fish­ing boats to sail in protest to wa­ters close to the Diaoyu­tais, which are called the Senkakus in Ja­pan, and Diaoyus in China.

Set­ting aside the ter­ri­to­rial dis- putes, Tai­wan reached an agree­ment with Ja­pan in 2013 un­der the prin­ci­ples of par­ity and rec­i­proc­ity, and signed the deal that protects the rights and in­ter­ests of Tai­wanese fish­er­men op­er­at­ing within a des­ig­nated zone in the area.

The agree­ment ex­tended the fish­ing area for Tai­wan by an ad­di­tional 1,400 square nau­ti­cal miles (ap­prox­i­mately 4,530 square kilo­me­ters) and re­stricted Ja­panese gov­ern­ment boats from in­ter­rupt­ing the fish­ing op­er­a­tions of Tai­wanese boats in the des­ig­nated zone.

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