Taiwan urges Japan to restrain over Tiaoyutai dispute
Taiwan urged Japan to restrain itself on issues related to the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands on 25 July, amid reports that
the Japanese government has moved to nationalize the island group in the resource-rich East China Sea.
In a statement, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated the country's firm sovereignty over the Tiaoyutais, also
known as the Diaoyutai Islands in China and the Senkaku Islands in Japan.
The ministry's remarks came after local media reported that Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said recently at
Japan's legislature that his administration has begun seeking funds to nationalize the Tiaoyutais.
The ministry said it has expressed "serious concerns" to Japan over the issue and "urged Japan to restrain and avoid
hurting Taiwan-Japan relations."
It also called for neighboring countries to shelve the dispute and seek joint cooperation based on reciprocity to
explore resources surrounding the island chain to maintain regional stability and peace, the statement read.
The latest flare-up in the dispute between Taiwan and Japan occurred several months earlier when Tokyo Governor Shintaro
Ishihara said the metropolitan government was planning to purchase the Tiaoyutais.
Taiwan has reiterated that the Tiaoyutais are "an inherent territory" of the country.