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Tsai refutes ex-president's controversial remarks on Diaoyutais

ROC Central News Agency

2016/02/17 12:00:04

Taipei, Feb. 17 (CNA) President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Wednesday refuted former President Lee Teng-hui's (李登輝) controversial remarks that the Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea do not belong to Taiwan.

'The Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP's) stance on the matter has always been clear, and that is the Diaoyutai Islands belong to Taiwan,' the DPP chairwoman told reporters before a DPP conference, when asked about her stance on the issue and Lee's remarks.

When reporters tried to ask follow-up questions, Tsai quickly walked into the conference venue.

Lee stirred up controversy recently with remarks he made in his new book 'Remaining Life: My Life Journey and the Road of Taiwan's Democracy' (餘生:我的生命之旅與台灣民主之路), in which he wrote that 'the Diaoyutai Islands do not belong to Taiwan. This is an unquestionable fact.'

In the book, he criticized former premier Yu Shyi-kun's (游錫堃) decision to include the islands under the administration of Toucheng Township, Yilan County, saying 'there is nothing more stupid than this.'

It is not the first time that Tsai has refuted Lee's remarks on the Diaoyutai Islands. In July last year, she stated that 'the Diaoyutais belong to Taiwan' when asked about her response to Lee's remarks that the disputed archipelago belongs to Japan during his visit to the country that month.

Meanwhile, when asked Wednesday about his stance on the sovereignty of the Diaoyutais, Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) of the DPP said the islands are 'of course' the territory of the Republic of China (Taiwan). 'Everybody knows this,' Su said.

The Diaoyutai Islands have been controlled by Japan since 1972 and were named the Senkaku Islands by the Japanese government. They are also claimed by China, which refers to them as the Diaoyu Islands.

(By Sophia Yeh and Christie Chen)

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