Taiwan Reaffirms Sovereignty over Diaoyutai Islands After Russian and Chinese Ship Passage

Taiwan has reaffirmed its sovereignty over the Diaoyutai Islands after Russian and Chinese warships passed through its waters.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs insisted that the island is part of the country’s territory. 

“It is an indisputable fact that the Diaoyutai Islands are an inherent part of the territory of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Any unilateral action taken by other parties will not change the fact,” said foreign affairs spokesperson Joanne Ou.

Japan, which has exercised control over the islands in the East China Sea, accused the Russian and Chinese ships of operating near the disputed Diaoyutai Islands. The country also protested Monday against Chinese vessels lingering near the islands.

Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiji Kihara said Japan had urged China not to enter Japan’s “contiguous waters.”

Japan had also claimed the Diaoyutai Islands, called the Senkaku Islands.

The islands lie northeast of Taiwan, East of China, and west of Okinawa Island.

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