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  • Taiwan asserts sovereignty over Diaoyutai Islands

    Taipei, June 7 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated Friday that the Diaoyutai Islands and their surrounding waters are inherent parts of the territory of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

    When putting forth the "East China Sea Peace Initiative" last August, President Ma Ying-jeou urged all concerned parties to put aside their territorial dispute over the Diaoyutais and jointly develop resources in the region, ministry spokeswoman Anna Kao said.

    "The ROC government hopes all parties will recognize the importance of maintaining regional peace and stability and understand the spirit of the 'East China Sea Initiative,'" she said.

    During an interview with Japan's Kyodo News on Thursday, Ma proposed three-way talks with China and Japan to discuss issues related to the development of natural resources in the East China Sea, while reiterating his call for the parties to shelve the territorial dispute.

    Taiwan, Japan and China all claim sovereignty over the Diaoyutai Islands, currently controlled by Japan and known as the Senkakus in Japanese.

    Responding to Ma's proposal that same day, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga maintained that "the Senkaku Islands are an inherent part of Japan's territory" and that there is "no territorial dispute to be resolved over the Senkakus."

    (By Angela Tsai and Y.F. Low)