Ma renews calls for talks on Diaoyutai resources
CNATAIPEI--President Ma Ying-jeou called Saturday again for negotiations to develop the resources around the disputed Diaoyutai Islands and reiterated that Taiwan holds sovereignty over the island chain.
February 24, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
While sovereignty cannot be shared, resources can, Ma said in a meeting with top executives of the Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun.
Ma said the islands are an inherent part of the Republic of China territory and all claimants should set aside their disputes and discuss how to jointly explore the resources in the waters near the islets.
This would be in the best interests of the people in the region, Ma told Sankei Shimbun Co. Chairman Takehiko Kiyohara and board member Yideya Yamamoto.
Ma also reiterated that the waters near the Diaoyutais traditionally have been fishing grounds for Taiwanese, adding that this was a view supported by the Japanese government during its colonization of Taiwan.
Ma's comments came in the wake of statements made in Washington Friday by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the dispute among Japan, China and Taiwan over the islets in the resource-rich East China Sea.