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Thursday, June 30, 2005

Taiwan to 'stand-up' to the big bully Japan

Looks as if this island dispute isn't going to be resolved anytime soon.
To protect its fishermen, Taiwan will have to get tough with Japanese fishermen intruding into Taiwan's economic zone, authorities from the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) said yesterday.

Speaking at a symposium titled, "The Situation of Taiwan's Peripheral Seas and Relevant Policies," sponsored by the Ocean Business Research Committee, Chang Yuan-hsu (張元旭), director of the MOI Department of Land Administration, said that the central government is determined to address the thorny issue of Taiwan's fishing disputes with Japan.

This will be interesting to watch and a thorny issue to work through.

Chang continued to say that even if Taiwan-related affairs are brought to the negotiating table, the Taiwanese negotiating team is at a disadvantage due to the country's abnormal diplomatic status. Taiwan and Japan do not maintain official diplomatic relations.

Shame on Japan for not recognizing Taiwan's independence. A real slap in the face, especially considering their past.