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Lee Teng-hui’s Diaoyutai remarks defended

‘DESPICABLE’:Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang said Lee’s comments had caused ‘extreme harm’ to the peaceful development of the cross-strait relationship

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

As the US has actively sought to become a stronger presence in Asia and with its alliance with Japan being the cornerstone of its policy in the region, mainly in response to China’s growing assertiveness, what Lee has proposed in Tokyo would greatly benefit Taiwan, Koh said.

“Taiwan has to ally itself with the US and Japan to reject China’s planned annexation,” he said.

When asked to comment specifically on Beijing’s denouncement of the former president, the Mainland Affairs Council avoided a direct response, saying only that the Republic of China’s (ROC) claim over the Diaoyutai Islands should be respected by all parties so the dignity of the nation can be upheld.

Separately yesterday, KMT Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) said he disapproved of the assertion of Lee that the Diaoyutai Islands are rightfully Japan’s.

The Diaoyutais and all the islands in the South China Sea are integral territory of the ROC, Chu said.

“I would never concur with the view that the Diaoyutai Islands and South China Sea islands do not belong to the ROC no matter who is behind the contention,” Chu said.

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