By: Tang Pei-chun and Y.F. Low
Taipei, Jan. 7 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday listed 10 facts to emphasize that the Diaoyutai Islands are an inherent part of the Republic of China’s territory.
Diaoyutai Islands are geologically affiliated with the island groups off Taiwan’s northeastern coasts and are one of Taiwan’s subordinate islands, the ministry said.
The ministry said the Diaoyutai Islands were first discovered and named by the Chinese. They were covered in China’s coastal defense system in the Ming Dynasty and were included in China’s territory as an administrative region of Taiwan during the Ching (Qing) Dynasty.
It said that the Diaoyutai Islands were “furtively occupied” by Japan during the First Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895 and that the occupation is invalid from the onset. [FULL STORY]