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  • Tsai Ing-wen reaffirms position that Diaoyutais belong to Taiwan

    Taipei, Sept. 23 (CNA) Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), the opposition Democratic Progressive Party's chairwoman and presidential candidate, reaffirmed her position Wednesday regarding the status of the Diaoyutai islands, saying that "they belong to Taiwan."

    Tsai will lead a delegation to visit Japan Oct. 6-10, and the local media raised the question of the Diaoyutais while she was attending a Hakka cultural and tourism event in Taoyuan (桃園).

    Former President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) claimed in late July while visiting Japan that the Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea belong to Japan. Lee's remarks led to great controversy in Taiwan and were severely criticized by some political leaders, including President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九).

    Referring to questions about the possible impact of a forthcoming visit to the United States by Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平), Tsai said the DPP has maintained constant communications with concerned parties in the U.S. and is monitoring developments closely.

    Speaking on the DPP's foreign policy, Tsai pointed out that when she mentions the importance of Southeast Asia and India in the party's "southward policy," it does not mean that the DPP will neglect other markets.

    Addressing the importance of Southeast Asia and India in Asia's economic development, Tsai said that in the past, Taiwanese businesses have invested in these regions, and she expressed hope that more cooperation projects, such as joint venture projects and integrated and systematic exchanges, will be realized in the future.

    Both presidential spokesman Chen I-hsin (陳以信) and Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂) commented on Tsai's "southward policy," describing it as "nothing new."

    Chen in particular even suggested that Tsai's "new policy" is actually cherry-picked fragments of the content of President Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) "viable diplomacy."

    (By S.P. Tsai, P.C. Tang and Lillian Lin)