Date: Feb 07, 2017
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter
The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday urged President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文)
to stop “playing ostrich” and lodge stern protests with Japan and the US regarding the sovereignty of the Diaoyutai Islands (釣魚台) — known as the Senkakus in Japan — which Taiwan, China and Japan claim.
Speaking at a news conference in Taipei, KMT Culture and Communications Committee deputy director Hu Wen-chi (胡文琦) accused Tsai of making repeated compromises over sovereignty and Taiwanese fishing rights in a bid to curry favor with Tokyo and Washington.
“US Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ recent remarks concerning the Diaoyutai Islands insinuate that the US, as well as newly inaugurated US President Donald Trump, acknowledge that the disputed island chain’s sovereignty belongs to Japan,” Hu said.
Hu pointed to the failures of Tsai and Representative to Japan Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) to issue statements rebutting Mattis’ claims as signs that the government is willing to improve bilateral ties with the US and Japan at the expense of Taiwan’s territory and fishing rights. [FULL STORY]