Date: Jul 25, 2015
By: Shih Hsiu-chuan / Staff reporter
Former president Lee Teng-hui’s (李登輝) assertion that the disputed Diaoyutai Islands (釣魚
台) belong to Japan and not Taiwan amounts to “an act that humiliates the nation and forfeits its sovereignty,” Presidential Office spokesperson Charles Chen (陳以信) said yesterday.
Chen made the remarks yesterday after Lee reiterated his long-held view that sovereignty over the disputed islands in the East China Sea lies with Japan while answering questions at a meeting with the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo on Thursday.
According to media reports, Lee referred to the islands by their Japanese name, the Senkaku Islands, and not as the Diaoyutai Islands, the designation used in Taiwan. The islands are also claimed by China as the Diaoyu Archipelago.
“In the past, I have repeatedly said that the Senakaku Islands are part of the territory of Japan, not of Taiwan,” Lee was reported as having said. [FULL STORY]