Ex-Taiwanese President says Japan owns disputed Senkaku islands
Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui has reiterated that the disputed Senkaku Islands are Japanese territory based on international law.
Lee said that he was hopeful that ongoing fisheries talks progress between Japan and Taiwan, which would allow fishermen use the fishing grounds near the disputed islets, the Japan Times reports.
A pact that took effect between Japan and Taiwan last year allows Taiwanese fishing boats to operate in certain areas near the islands, but it still lacks specific operational rules.
The uninhabited islets in the East China Sea are also claimed by China and Taiwan, which call them Diaoyu and Tiaoyutai, respectively.
(Posted on 18-01-2014)