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Taiwan has tacit agreement with Japan over economic waters: MND

ROC Central News Agency

2012/08/08 15:05:40

Washington, Aug. 7 (CNA) Taiwan has developed a tacit agreement with Japan on how to enforce their respective laws in their overlapping exclusive economic waters, despite the territorial dispute over the Tiaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea, Vice Minister of National Defense Andrew Yang said Tuesday.

According to Yang, Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration is carrying out its patrol duties according to a "tentative enforcement line" announced by the Taiwan government in 2003, and has informed its fishermen to avoid crossing this line.

"The Japanese and Taiwanese governments respect the tacit agreement between them, and there is no problem with law enforcement in the area," Yang told reporters during a visit to the Stimson Center in Washington, D.C.

He reiterated his government's stance that the Tiaoyutai Islands are an inherent part of the Republic of China and that the government has the responsibility to uphold its sovereignty over the area.

Yang said he believes recent plans unveiled by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to acquire part of the island group from private owners are the results of domestic political pressure and do not represent the final decision of the Japanese government.

The Tiaoyutai Islands are known as the Diaoyutai Islands in China and the Senkaku Islands in Japan. Both countries also claim sovereignty over the island group.

President Ma Ying-jeou recently proposed establishing a code of conduct for the East China Sea and cooperating on the development of the region's resources as a way of getting around territorial disputes.

Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba, in response, said Tuesday that his country is open to promoting cooperation in the East China Sea region, but he also reiterated Japan's sovereignty over the islands.

(By Tony Liao and Y.F. Low)

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