Gov’t defends rights after Japan media broadside

The China Post
Date: April 3, 2017
By: Joseph Yeh

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan has every right to conduct scientific research in its exclusive

Sankei Shimbun, a Japanese daily, accused Taiwan’s ships of recently intruding into Japan’s waters with the greatest frequency in 10 years. The report said Taiwanese oceanographic research vessels had sailed into Japan’s EEZs around the Diaoyutais and Yonaguni Island as many as eight times without Japan’s permission. (CNA)

economic zone (EEZ) around a disputed island in the East China Sea, the government insisted Sunday.

The comment came after a Japanese media report accused Taiwan of last year sending a record high number of scientific research vessels to “intrude” into Japan’s EEZ near the disputed Diaoyutai Islands.

The islands, known as the Senkaku Islands in Japan, are claimed by both countries.

The front-page report in the Japanese-language Sankei Shimbun on Sunday said Taiwanese vessels had entered waters near the islands eight times without permission from Tokyo in 2016, which it said was the highest number of violations in a decade.

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