Ministry pans Japan Diaoyutais video

Staff Writer, with CNA

Sun, Dec 15, 2013 - Page 3

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said it was regrettable that Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has posted a propaganda video about the Diaoyutai Islands (釣魚台) on its Web site in several languages and urged Tokyo to handle the issue in a cautious manner.

The government has conveyed through diplomatic channels its position that the “inappropriate act” was not acceptable, the ministry said in a statement on Friday.

“The act cannot change the historical fact that the Diaoyutais belong to the Republic of China,” the ministry said, stressing that the move did not contribute to regional stability.

The ministry was referring to the addition earlier this week of foreign-language versions of the video on Japan’s position on the islands first posted in October.

The English-language home page of the Japanese ministry contains an “In Focus” section listing issues that include territorial disputes over the Diaoyutais — known as the Senkakus in Japanese — and North Korean issues.

A click on “Japan-China Relations: Current Situation of Senkaku Islands” takes the Internet user to a new page containing links to a leaflet and a short video, both of which are in 10 foreign languages, including Chinese, Korean, English, Portuguese, Russian and Arabic.

The government has urged the Japanese ministry to handle the issue with caution to avoid damaging peace in the East China Sea and the relationship between Taipei and Tokyo, the ministry said.

The uninhabited islands, located about 190km from Keelung harbor, are also claimed by China.