Taiwan, Japan to resolve Okinotori dispute: official

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/06/16
By: Liu Jian-bang and Evelyn Kao

Taipei, June 16 (CNA) Taiwan is determined to address the dispute with Japan over fishing near

Photo courtesy of Kyodo News

Photo courtesy of Kyodo News

the Okinotori atoll in talks scheduled for late July, an official said Thursday.

Vice Foreign Affairs Minister Leo Lee (李澄然) made the comment at a meeting of the Legislative Yuan’s Internal Administration Committee that was also attended by officials from the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) and the Council of Agriculture.

In the meeting, People First Party (PFP) Legislator Chen Yi-chieh (陳怡潔) asked whether the new government has continued with efforts to protect the rights of Taiwanese fishermen operating in waters near Okinotori in the western Pacific since it took office May 20.

Citing Japanese media reports from May 23 that Taiwan’s Coast Guard would withdraw patrols from the vicinity because of the new administration’s stance, Chen asked whether the new government is no longer protecting the rights of Taiwanese fishermen operating there.     [FULL  STORY]

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