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Ex-President Lee questions Taiwan's sovereignty over Tiaoyutais

Former President Lee Teng-hui yesterday questioned Taiwan's sovereignty claims over the Tiaoyutais amid escalating tensions between Tokyo, Beijing and Taipei over the disputed islands in the East China Sea.

“What kind of wife other people's sons marry is none of my business,” said Lee, in an apparent reference to Tokyo's controversial move to nationalize the islands — which are known as the Diaoyu Islands in China and the Senkakus in Japan.

“When did Taiwan fight a war with Japan to take the Tiaoyutais?” asked Lee rhetorically to dismiss Taipei's claims over the islands.

He also criticized President Ma Ying-jeou for landing on the nearby Pengjia Islet on Friday to assert Taiwan's sovereignty over the Tiaoyutais, saying that the incumbent head of state was “talking nonsense.”

Lee, who retired as president in 2000, has often stressed that the Tiaoyutais belong to Japan, and that Taiwan should not get involved in a dispute between China and Japan.

He said the only issue with the islands is the fishing rights in the region, which is a matter to be handled and resolved by civilian fishery associations.

The government has more pressing matters to address, such as the economic problems of the nation, he said.

Taiwan and China have lodged strong protests against Japan's move to buy the islands from private owners.

China, warning of grave consequences resulting from the Japanese move, has reportedly sent two patrol ships to the islands, increasing the possibility of military conflicts.

September 13, 2012    kingsolomon@
Only in Taiwan can an enemy collaborator become president. Lee teng hui has Chinese blood running in his system but he's trying hard to be Japanese. If he doesn't defend the Japanese claims over the tiaoyutais, his funds would dry up. Only Japanese money is keeping his political party alive.
September 13, 2012    carltanong@
Sure Bushido Nipponese LEE TENG HUI. U are right to say......
"What kind of wife other people's sons marry is none of my business".

And I can also say" Your D=== raise and feed a female duck and was given away to a private owner with a high breed male duck for laying a duckling is also none of my business.

Tiaoyutais belong to R.O.China is NONE of your business.

September 13, 2012    wiseguy@
Lee TENGHUI. When Japan invaded and occupied Taiwan. You and your family are the collaborators of Japan. Traitors and betraying the Taiwanese. F---.


September 14, 2012    maryjane@
Lee Teng Hui!!!! Just say you are half Japanese and half Hakka Chinese born. Then you have every right to protest and claim Tioayutais belong to Japan or SHUT UP!!!!!!
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