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Diaoyutais belong to ‘China’: official

PRIZED PROPERTY:A group of Taiwanese and Chinese academics at a forum rejected Japan’s claims to the islands, with an official suggesting calling for world arbitration

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff Reporter

“If we say that the Diaoyutais belong to ‘China,’ it would lead some people in Taiwan to wonder why they need to fight for sovereignty of the islands. But if China declares that the Diaoyutai Islands belong to Taiwan, which I think it would not oppose because Taiwan is part of its territory in China’s view, the problem would be solved,” Shaw Yu-ming said.

Shaw Yu-ming said he did not see his statement as being against the position of President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) who, in an interview with two Japanese newspapers, the Yomiuri Shimbun and Nihon Keizai Shimbun in July, ruled out aligning Taiwan with China in dealing with issues related to the disputed islands.

“If China makes the declaration, it is just a statement, not collaboration whatsoever,” Shaw Yu-ming said.

Yesterday’s forum, the third of its kind following two held by Soochow University, was co-hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and National Chengchi University.

It was the first time MOFA has participated in the forum.

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