‘HUMILIATING’:Lee Teng-hui writing that the islands do not belong to Taiwan constitutes forfeiting sovereignty, the office said, while calling on Tsai to clarify her stance
Date: Feb 18, 2016
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter
The Presidential Office yesterday rebutted former president Lee Teng-hui’s (李登輝) argument that the disputed Diaoyutai Islands (釣魚台) do not belong to Taiwan, saying it is an unquestionable fact that the Republic of China (ROC) holds sovereignty over the archipelago.
“Any remarks denying our sovereignty over the Diaoyutai Islands constitute an act of humiliating the nation and forfeiting its sovereignty. They will not be accepted by the ROC government, nor its people,” Presidential Office spokesman Charles Chen (陳以信) said.
Chen said it has been the government’s consistent stance that the Diaoyutai Islands have been an inherent part of the ROC since 1683. [FULL STORY]