Next Taiwan-Japan meet on fishing not set: ministry
CNATAIPEI--Taiwan and Japan are still negotiating the details of the next preparatory meeting for a new round of bilateral fishery talks, a Taiwanese foreign affairs official said yesterday.
February 27, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
“So far, the date has yet to be set,” Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Steve Hsia said, adding that the two sides are still discussing the meeting's time and place.
Japanese media reported recently that Taiwan and Japan are scheduled to hold the preparatory meeting to address fishing rights in waters off the Diaoyutai Islands on Feb. 28.
Asked about the report, Hsia said at a news briefing that Japan has made suggestions but that further discussion was needed between the two sides to finalize the date, location and agenda of the preparatory meeting.
Hsia reiterated Taiwan's hope that the meeting be held in late February or early March.
Taiwan and Japan have held 16 formal rounds of talks on fishing rights in their overlapping territories since 1996, the most recent coming in 2009.