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TERRITORIAL DISPUTES

Taiwan would 'expel' mainland trawlers under Japan fishing deal

After signing fishing-rights accord with Tokyo, Taipei warns coastguard will protect its zone

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 April, 2013, 5:51pm
UPDATED : Friday, 12 April, 2013, 5:15am
 

Taiwan's fishery authorities say they would kick out mainland trawlers caught in areas covered under a new Taipei-Tokyo fishing-rights accord reached on Wednesday.

Maritime and cross-strait experts said Japan successfully used the fishing deal to prevent Taipei and Beijing joining together to defend their sovereignty claims over the disputed Diaoyu Islands, now controlled by the Japanese, in the East China Sea.

When asked on Wednesday by journalists in Taipei what Taiwan's coastguard would do if it were to encounter mainland fishing vessels in the waters designated under the fishing deal, the minister of Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration, Wang Jin-wang, said the vessels "will be expelled".

"All other vessels entering the territorial waters of the Diaoyus will be expelled according to the law," Wang was quoted by the China Times as saying.

The agreement assured Taiwanese vessels an intervention-free fishing zone in waters between latitude 27 degrees north and the Sakishima Islands in Okinawa Prefecture, and gave Taiwan an additional fishing zone of 1,400 square nautical miles outside Taiwan's temporary enforcement line, according to Taiwan's Foreign Ministry.

But the deal is believed to have been deliberately worded to avoid applying to waters within 12 nautical miles of the Diaoyus, which Japan calls the Senkakus. Tokyo, Taipei and Beijing all claim this territory zone.

The fishing deal was lauded by Taiwan media outlets, from the pro-ruling Kuomintang China Times to the pro-opposition Democratic Progressive Party The Liberty Times, saying Taiwan had successfully grasped an opportunity, amid tension between Taipei and Tokyo over the Diaoyus dispute, to help local fishermen fight for more benefits.

Professor Wang Hanling , a maritime expert at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the deal indicated Japan had violated its promise to stick to the "one-China" principle. "Japan was unwilling to talk to Taiwan over the fishing rights because they didn't see Taiwan as a country, just a province," Wang said.

"The deal was made because Japan sought to divide Beijing and Taipei, while Taiwan was willing to co-operate, because the island also has its own political goal."

Taipei-based political commentator Wang Hsing-ching said the deal will harm development of cross-strait relations.

Taiwan's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Anna Kao yesterday denied Taipei had sold out "Taiwan's ownership of Diaoyu sovereignty" in exchange for fishing rights, according to Taipei's official Central New Agency.

 

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justice_first
If you look closely at the agreement, you will be shocked by the inequality. Japan is practically dominating the deal. Japan can still access the 12 miles limit of the islands ( for "administration") whereas Taiwan is not allow to do so under the "agreement".
Japan (with the US) is in fact bullying the much weaker Taiwan, and Taiwan has no choice but to accept what Japan "offers" on the table.
China was dealt a blow below the belt so to speak. Japan has violated its recognition of the diplomatic relation with the PRC.
johnrai7
I think Japanese and Taiwanese are already fishing there, so what you mean never?
Taiwan is not scared of China so is Japan, more China try to be bully around more the unity is made in the region, alas.. whats the future of China,,, sad sad...
justice_first
The reason why Japan will "never" get the islands is because its claim is false. The US from the the very early beginning knew those islands did not legally belong to Japan.
The US also did not agree to Japan's purchase of the islands.
Japan illegally annex the islands in 1895 by falsely assuming they were "Terra Nullius", i.e. belonging to no one. The whole history of Japan's acquisition of the islands is based on colonial aggression from 1895 to 1945. The US knew all about the historic events and also knew why the islands were "given" to Japan. It was a deliberate geopolitical move by the US to contain the soviet and China during the cold war.
The San Francisco Treaty was basically unfair to China, without China's participation.
Despite the US pivot to Asia, Japan will not succeed in keeping the loot of war because China is ascending to become a new first class superpower. Time is on China's side, and China can wait.
The US will eventually cooperate with China because China is not interested in invading other nations. China's main interest is in development and good relation with its neighbors.
Under the circumstance, Japan has no chance to win. Chinese will swim in the surrounding water within 12 miles of the islands.
justice_first
why do you you say China is bullying around ?
China has a right to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity. That is not bullying around. That is the right of a sovereign nation under international law.
When the US defended Hawaii's Pearl Harbor, do you call that bullying ?
The first issue to address is the "core" question: who is the "rightful owner" of the islands ? Then you go on to decide "who is bullying whom around.
Referring to fishing agreement, Japan signed a fishing agreement with China in 1997. Therefore it is illegal for Japan to "unilaterally" decide on "any" fishing arrangement without the "consent" of the Chinese government. This is a matter between two sovereign nations to agree upon, not unilaterally by Japan alone. Japan agreed to a one China policy back in 1972 when the diplomatic relation was established.
China is not bullying anyone in this respect.
justice_first
The future of China is simple. Chinese have the right to swim in the water around the islands.
That is a promise.
justice_first
What unity ? Who is bully whom ?
We are just talking about swimming.
justice_first
Japan, for the same reason, will not be able to take these islands. Never.
If negotiation will not solve this issue, China is ready to go all the way.
dienamik
hey Taiwan, you realize this, means war.
andao
Starting a war over fish. Best reason to go to war, I could agree more
stegriff
Really??? Ok, i'll let my friends know. Can you wait until Monday? I have plans this weekend.
Remember to hold it until we are properly erected for war or else you may fire prematurely. Legacies are tarnished by hasty belligerence (e.g. U.S. in Iraq)

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