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Taiwan's Diaoyutais moves worry US: DPP

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- U.S. officials have voiced qualms over Taiwan's recent forays near the Diaoyutai Islands, said a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker yesterday.

In a closed-door meeting with the major opposition party, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) questioned the attitude and practices with which President Ma Ying-jeou has handled the Diaoyutais dispute, according to a party lawmaker who spoke on condition of anonymity.

One U.S. concern is that Taiwan may be cooperating with China against Japan, according to a Congressional Research Service report dated Jan. 23.

Ma's moves to engage more closely with China may have created “a greater willingness in Taipei to cooperate with China on issues in which it sees their interests as aligned, such as in the East China Sea,” said U.S. Asian Affairs specialists in “Maritime Territorial Disputes in East Asia: Issues for Congress.”

US Neutrality

Furthermore, the U.S. federal government is “angered” that the Ma administration has placed American neutrality at risk, said Liu Shih-chung (劉世忠), an international affairs consultant for the major opposition party.

When Taiwan's Coast Guard faced off with Japan near the Diaoyutais last September, the Ma administration said that Taiwan was asserting itself at a time when “the U.S. — Japan's ally” and China have come to an impasse, said Liu.

Addressing the same conflict, the Congressional Research Service report noted that “Taiwan dispatched military systems sold by the United States during the incident.”

Last Sept. 25, Ma deployed Coast Guard cutters to escort 60 local fishing boats into the territorial waters of the Diaoyutai Islands. Taiwanese and Japanese cutters traded water canon fire before leaving the area, with no casualties reported, according to the Coast Guard of the Republic of China.

February 5, 2013    carltanong@
Right. Anneth Lu says that Diaoyutais belong to Taiwan by both geographic and historical measure, that mean China(REPUBLIC of) TAIWAN. I salute u. We lost our Diaoyutai since 1895 with gun Made in Japan pointed in our head up to the 21st century.

Correction Su. China (republic of) TAIWAN want to have friendship with all nations even without formal diplomatic ties.

Let’s wait and see how the DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang speaks to the Japanese members of the Japan Diet concerning the ownership of Diaoyutai.
Let’s wait and see how polite Su will meet his own PERSONAL one-on-one meeting with Shintaro Ishihara, or washing the foot of Shintaro Ishihara and kiss it politely and willingly without any sign of hesitation.

REMEMBER DPP.
USA is our friend. So don't cooked with misunderstanding between China (republic of) and the USA. Besides USA understand that Ma is protecting the safety of our fishermen and our coast guards perform their duty and responsibility to protect them.

REMEMBER DPP-TSU.
Don't blame Ma. U should blame that obscure gentleman 巖里政男_登輝 IwasatoMasao TENG HUI that create qualm for our friend USA. It is the Japanese who forays our Diaoyutai that impasse the Japanese having no exit for peaceful solution.
February 6, 2013    ludahai_twn@
It is your beloved Ma who has made the U.S. question Taiwan's commitments, both with its actions in the Senkaku Islands as well as the closer relations with China. Ma is the reason U.S-Taiwan relations have declined in the past five years.

Taiwan and Japan are responsible democracies and can talk peacefully about the dispute and have it settled in a LEGAL manner. According to the treaties, it is clearly Japanese territory (unfortunately) but the Japanese are reasonable and peaceful... unlike the Chinese who are getting more and more aggressive in ALL surrounding waters.

And, as Taiwan was never transferred to the ROC in a legal treaty following World War II, that claim also has no legal merit.
February 7, 2013    carltanong@
ludahai_twn@ wrote:
It is your beloved Ma who has made the U.S. question Taiwan's commitments, both with its actions in the Senkaku Islands as well as the closer relations with China. Ma is the reason U.S-Taiwan relations have declined in the past five years.

Taiwan and Japan are responsible democracies and can talk peacefully about the dispute and have it settled in a LEGAL manner. According to the treaties, it is clearly Japanese territory (unfortunately) but the Japanese are reasonable and peaceful... unlike the Chinese who are getting more and more aggressive in ALL surrounding waters.

And, as Taiwan was never transferred to the ROC in a legal treaty following World War II, that claim also has no legal merit.
Still remember Henry Kissinger, made two secret trips to the PRC in 1971 to meet Zhou Enlai and Mao Zedong before Nixon's groundbreaking visit in 1972.
Still remember President Richard Nixon met with Mao Zedong in 1972.
Still remember the establishment of USA diplomatic relations with the PRC on the 15th of December 1978,

Afterward, how many American Presidents visited the Mainland China and shake hands with the chief of state of Mainland China for peace, friendship and TRADE?

So, I don't and nobody BELIEVE your arguments that Ma is the reason U.S-China(REPUBLIC of) Taiwan relations have declined in the past five years.
It's your 巖里政男_登輝 IwasatoMasao TENG HUI and the DPP-TSU wanted to create conflicts(WAR) between CHINA TAIWAN and CHINA MAINLAND that worry the American government and her citizen .

Democracy doesn't mean to grant Japan the special privileges to falsify claim our Diaoyutai and revised everything from History to counterfeit ownership etc.

Your obsession and illness are so critical now more than before that those TREATY of yours are already expired after Japan lost ww2.
February 7, 2013    poeboy418@
Your question of how many US presidents have visited Taiwan since Nixon did is irrelevant. The problem focuses on the fact that Taiwan seems to be siding with China when it comes to these islands that everyone in the area is fighting over. In one breath your current administration is trying to remain "independent" and in the other it is allowing more and more china influence into its society. If Taiwan is laying claim to these islands as well as China and Japan then why is it that TW coast guard cutters are only engaging Japan's cutters and not China's? Is that by direction or is it because you don't want to infuriate your neighbors across the pond? The thing is this, in this game that is being played out amongst TW, JP and China, someone needs to be level headed and diplomatically resolve this, PERIOD. In case you haven't been following this one of China's warships locked "fire control" radar on a Japan warship. In any navy in the world, that is known as imminent missile or gun launch". What will TW do when, not if, when China decides to do the same thing to one of their Navy warships? The US isn't trying to side with anyone on this, they are just trying to keep the peace, the same relationship the US has with JP, it has with TW. But TW needs to wake up and realize that their current administration is leading it down an irreversible path if something doesn't change soon.
February 8, 2013    richchen35@
Carltanong’s arguments have more merits than ludahai_twn’s.
February 9, 2013    powencheng8@
Seems like those people who say they love Taiwan actually love Japan more.
February 10, 2013    cloggedwithguts@
powencheng8@ wrote:
Seems like those people who say they love Taiwan actually love Japan more.
They're actually anticipating Japan's "liberation" of Taiwan.
February 12, 2013    szazaki@
I see a similarity between the U.S. when they break away from Britain. Taiwan is trying to develop an independent mentality I call Taiwan Kuo mentality. The American took over America by exterminated the Native. Just about all Taiwanese are descendant of Chinese migrants just like American were descendant of British and other European migrants. American faced vast expansion and bright future when the declared independent while Taiwan Kuo will face vast shrinkage and a clouded future if they decide to separate. Taiwan Kuo’s claims on Daiyutai are legitimate only if it is tie with China’s (PRC or ROC) claim. Taiwan is a mess and should not stick your nose into the Senkaku Island claim.
February 16, 2013    ludahai_twn@
@powencheng -- I want things to be settled legally and peacefully. Are Taiwanese mature enough to understand that the islands perhaps are NOT legally a part of Taiwan and that international law actually supports Japan's claim?
February 21, 2013    carltanong@
ludahai_twn@ wrote:
@powencheng -- I want things to be settled legally and peacefully. Are Taiwanese mature enough to understand that the islands perhaps are NOT legally a part of Taiwan and that international law actually supports Japan's claim?
What? What did u say? Are you blind that Dioayutai belongs to China (Republic of) Taiwan? Are you kidding with the Taiwanese like your 巖里政男_登輝 IwasatoMasao TENG HUI?

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