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Taiwan, Japan have dialogue mechanism for Tiaoyutais: minister

ROC Central News Agency

2012/08/29 18:14:50

Taipei, Aug. 29 (CNA) Foreign Minister Timothy Yang said Wednesday that Taiwan and Japan already have a mechanism for dialogue on the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea.

In the face of questioning by reporters on the nature of this so-called mechanism, Yang refused to provide details, instead merely reiterating the stance of President Ma Ying-jeou on the issue, which is that the dispute should be settled in a peaceful manner and that the two sides should cooperate on exploring and developing resources in the disputed waters.

The archipelago, known in Japan as the Senkakus and in China as the Diaoyutais, is controlled by Japan but claimed by Taiwan, Japan and China.

Meanwhile, in the United States, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland confirmed at a daily press briefing in Washington Tuesday that the disputed islands fall under the 1960 Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between Japan and the U.S.

However, she declined to comment further when a reporter asked whether the U.S. regards the islands as Japanese territory, saying only that the islands fall under the treaty because they have been under Japanese control "since they were returned as part of the reversion of Okinawa since 1972."

The confirmation came after Cai Yingtin, deputy chief of the general staff of China's People's Liberation Army, said Aug. 26 in Washington that China objects to the U.S. inclusion of the Tiaoyutai Islands under the 1960 Japan-U.S. defense treaty.

Nuland also said for the first time that the official name for the islands in the U.S. are the Senkakus, but added that the U.S. does not have a position on the sovereignty of the islands.

The issue of the disputed islands was a hot topic at the press briefing, as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to visit Beijing Sept. 4-5.

(By Hsieh Chia-chen and Ann Chen)

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