Foreign ministry reiterates ROC sovereignty over Diaoyutais

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-02-05

The foreign ministry on Sunday reiterated the Republic of China’s sovereignty over the Diaoyutai Islands.

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis appears in this CNA file photo from January 13, 2017.

The Republic of China is the official name of Taiwan’s government.

The comments came in response to recent remarks by US President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Defense James Mattis during his first trip to Asia in his role. Speaking in Tokyo, Mattis said that the United States’ commitment to defending Japanese territory applies to the Diaoyutai Islands.

The islands are also claimed by China, which also spoke about against Mattis’s comments.

Taiwan’s foreign ministry said Sunday that no matter how you look at the situation, from a historical, geographical, practical or legal perspective, there’s no doubt that the Diaoyutai’s belong to the Republic of China on Taiwan.    [FULL  STORY]

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