By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
President Ma Ying-jeou requested that former head-of-state Lee Teng-hui make a formal
apology to the public after the Diaoyutai remark he made during his trip to Japan late last month, according to Ma’s official letter of statement released to the local media on Monday.
Lee openly stated that the disputed islands, known as the Senkakus in Japan, belong solely to Japan. He again reiterated his position on the issue in Tokyo at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan.
In the letter, Ma criticized Lee for distorting historical facts, breaching the International Law, and humiliating Taiwan’s sovereignty.
He owes the public a formal apology, according to Ma’s written statement.
Ma also wrote that based on history, geography, geology and the International Law, the Republic of China’s sovereignty over the Diaoyutai is undisputed. [FULL STORY]