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Taiwan takes stern stance toward Japan over Okinotorishima

  • April 30, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo Shimbun
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All Saturday morning papers reported that the Taiwanese government is taking a hardline approach toward Japan’s claim that the existing exclusive economic zone around the nation’s southernmost outcrop of Okinotorishima is valid since it is an island as designated under the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea. A senior Taiwanese official filed a protest on Friday with a Taipei-based Japanese diplomat against the recent arrest by Japanese authorities of a Taiwanese fisherman for “illegal fishing” in the vicinity of the outcrop. Taipei reportedly deployed a coast guard vessel to the area on Sunday to “protect” Taiwanese fishermen there and may possibly file a request with the Permanent Court of Arbitration to look into the legality of Japan’s case. Today’s Sankei wrote that the Taiwanese government is mulling dispatching a frigate in view of heated local media coverage.

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