Taipei welcomes Japanese statement on territorial dispute
Taiwan yesterday welcomed the Japanese foreign minister's statement that "isolated problems" - a thinly veiled reference to the East China Sea territorial disputes - should not damage relations between Tokyo and Taipei.
Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba issued a statement through Japan's de facto mission in Taipei on Friday, calling for calm over "pending issues" between the two sides, although he stopped short of mentioning the disputed Diaoyu, or Senkaku, islands by name.
In response, Taipei's Ministry of Foreign Affairs lauded the demonstration of goodwill by Tokyo, but stressed that Taiwan would continue to defend its sovereignty over the Diaoyus.
Meanwhile, the Japan Coast Guard reported that eight mainland patrol boats were seen yesterday in what Tokyo considers its territorial waters near the islands, Kyodo News said.