The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Thursday reiterated the Republic of China's sovereignty over the disputed Diaoyutai Islands. The Republic of China is the official name of Taiwan's government.
The comment came in response to remarks by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a phone interview with the Japanese media. Tillerson said the United States has a responsibility to defend Japanese-held territory in the East China Sea. The islands are administered by Japan, which calls them Senkaku. They are also claimed by China, which calls them the Diaoyu islands.
Foreign ministry spokesperson Eleanor Wang said there is no doubt that the Diaoyutai Islands belong to Taiwan, whether from historical, geographical, practical or legal perspectives. Wang said the US has restated many times since 1971 that it had passed on the right of governance of the islands to Japan but not sovereignty. That is the year the US handed back Okinawa and nearby territories to Japanese control.
Wang said Taiwan's government has continually called for the Diaoyutai situation to be peacefully resolved in accordance with UN charters and international law.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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