Gov’t re­it­er­ates sovereignty over the Diaoyu­tai Is­lands

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs on Wed­nes­day re­it­er­ated Tai­wan’s sovereignty over the dis­puted Diaoyu­tai Is­lands in the East China Sea, say­ing that they are an in­dis­putable part of the ter­ri­tory of the Repub­lic of China.

The min­istry re­it­er­ated the gov­ern­ment’s stance on the Diaoyu­tais af­ter U.S. Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry told Ja­panese lead­ers two days ear­lier that Wash­ing­ton’s treaty com­mit­ments to Ja­pan’s se­cu­rity re­main “iron-clad” and cover all ter­ri­tory un­der Tokyo’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, in­clud­ing the tiny is­lands known as the Senkakus in Ja­pan and the Diaoyu­tais in Tai­wan, which are also claimed by China.

Kerry re­newed the se­cu­rity pledge at a New York news con­fer­ence with Ja­pan’s for­eign and de­fense min­is­ters to un­veil up­dated U.S.-Ja­pan de­fense guide­lines.

MOFA spokes­woman Anna Kao said that the se­cu­rity ar­range­ment be­tween the United States and Ja­pan is the cor­ner­stone of sta­bil­ity in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion and an im­por­tant pil­lar of se­cu­rity in East Asia.

The R. O. C. will con­tinue to keep a close watch on changes in rel­e­vant sit­u­a­tions and at­taches great im­por­tance to re­gional peace and sta­bil­ity, Kao added.

Kerry’s re­it­er­a­tion of Wash­ing­ton’s ro­bust treaty com­mit­ments to Ja­pan’s de­fense was re­lated to ad­min­is­tra­tive ju­ris­dic­tion but not sovereignty is­sues, Kao said, while urg­ing all par­ties con­cerned to re­solve East China Sea dis­putes through peace­ful dia­logue.

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