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Taiwan expats rally during PM Noda's address to UN

NEW YORK -- Over 100 Taiwanese expatriates in the United States staged a protest Wednesday at the headquarters of the United Nations over Japan's recent purchase of several of the disputed Diaoyutai Islands.

The activity was organized to coincide with an address by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to the world body.

Chang Hsueh-hai, president of the U.S. East Coast chapter of the Veterans Association of the Republic of China, said he and his fellow protesters are strongly against Japan's move to “nationalize” the islands.

“The Diaoyutai Islands belong to the Republic of China and are under the administration of Yilan County's Toucheng Township, both legally and historically,” Chang said.

In addition to expatriates from Taiwan, many Chinese expatriates also protested at the site.

The Diaoyutai Islands, located 100 nautical miles northeast of Taiwan, are currently administered by Japan, but are also claimed by Taiwan and China.

The territorial row heated up after the Japanese government decided to buy three of the islands from their private owner for 2.05 billion Japanese yen (US$26 million) earlier this month.

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