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Taiwan again urges China, Japan to show restraint in Diaoyutais row

ROC Central News Agency

2012/12/13 21:04:33

Taipei, Dec. 13 (CNA) Taiwan repeated Thursday its call for all parties involved in the Diaoyutai Islands dispute to show restraint, in response to reports of a Chinese aircraft entering the islands' airspace and causing an emergency response from Japan.

Earlier in the day, a Chinese plane entered the airspace over the Diaoyutais, which prompted Japan to deploy several F-15 fighter jets in response, reports said.

Asked to comment on the reports, Ministry of Foreign Affairs deputy spokesman Calvin Ho reiterated the Taiwan government stance that all sides involved in the territorial dispute over the Diaoyutais should seek peaceful resolutions to address the issue.

'We urge all parties involved to exercise self-restraint and avoid actions that will increase tensions,' he told CNA.

The uninhabited Diaoyutais in the resource-rich East China Sea, known as the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyu Islands in China, lie about 100 nautical miles northeast of Taiwan. The island group is under Japan's administrative control since 1972 but is also claimed by Taiwan and China.

Reaffirming Taiwan's sovereignty over the Diaoyutais, Ho also called for all sides to pay greater attention to the East China Sea Peace Initiative proposed by President Ma Ying-jeou in August.

He reiterated Taiwan's principle of safeguarding sovereignty, shelving the dispute, seeking peace and reciprocity and pursuing joint exploration to deal with the dispute over the Diaoyutais.

Meanwhile, Ministry of National Defense spokesman Maj. Gen. Luo Shou-he said that Taiwan's military was aware of the movements of the Chinese aircraft.

(By Elaine Hou)

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