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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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The Russian may be right, sovereignty is an issue that may have to be settled by war, if negotiation fails.
Try take away Hawaii from the US, or say that you don't recognize Hawaii as part of the US.
China will defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity. You only have to "acknowledge" that China has a "one China policy" and that Taiwan is a part of China. The rest is up to China to decide.
You have a right to acknowledge but "not" to recognize China's one China policy. In that case, you have to deal with China for the consequences.
if japan thinks this agreement with Taiwan will succeed to divide and counter balance China, they are wrong. I would really like to see what Taiwan can or will do if Chinese fishermen are found in the so called exclusive zone.
if this agreement is solely based on fishing rights to avoid petty fights, I am fine with the idea but to expel or to arrest illegal fishing and to boldly declare this is area within Diaoyu island is off limit to China is to invite more trouble.
China has the patience and the time. China does not need to overly react. In the long run, China will prevail and that is a fact.
What troubles me is the core issue on the actual ownership of these rocks and the perceived wrong doing by China which in my opinion is the contending argument here.
That area belongs to China and was wrongly fully given to Japan to administer and that is also a fact.
Nice fantasy, too bad in reality even the US doesnt have a position on sovereignty so no, convincing others is not a priority. In fact Chinese ships have been going right through Japanese claimed territory for months with little reason to stop. Just a few days ago was the latest incident. By all intensive purposes Japan doesnt even actually administer because they cant stop these violations.
Japan is using divide and conquer tactic to put additional pressure on China, because Taiwan is but a part of China.
This is not going to work because this depend how China will look at the fishery deal.
All Japan has done is to give up part of its "alleged" sovereignty to Taiwan ( China).
China's position over the islands is unaffected in terms of legality. China's claim is in fact stronger than before. Japan may think that Taiwan may quiet down a little, reducing pressure on Japan. This may be true but the pressure from China may increase to make up for any reduction. In other words, China will work even harder from now on with an even better world opinion on its side.
In a way, Japan and the US are retreating a little to ease the conflict with China. The dispute is not solved.
For Taiwan, it is a shameful act, and will be recorded in history as such. This will not be easy with the current government of Taiwan. Taiwan has betrayed the Chinese people for a few golden coins, or so it seems.
World opinion is swaying toward China.
Everyone will notice the slow changes taking place. Yes, world opinion is certainly on the side of China in the long run. At the moment there is still substantial bias from the west against "communism", left over from the cold war. But, this is changing, because China is changing.
China is ascending in the world stage, to become soon the largest economy on earth. The government is not communist but in name only. It is socialistic and capitalistic combined. This form of government works "right", and wonder for the Chinese nation, not pure democracy. The western idealism of a democracy is not always working right. Look at Iraq.
China has found a way for such a complicated nation. Democracy is not the answer.
World opinion is decidedly not swaying toward China; quite the opposite. See for example the Pew Global Attitudes Project: ****www.pewglobal.org/database/?indicator=24. Opinion is negative and getting more so, particularly in the larger and more important countries.
Even if authoritarian government "works" for China (a dubious proposition), the secretive and paranoid style of the CCP does not exactly inspire trust or admiration abroad.
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...
hey Taiwan, you realize this, means war.
Is there anything that does not irk Beijing other than absolute submission to its will and unquestioning obedience to its orders?
Umm, no. The U.S. decision to recognize the PRC (and drop ROC) is pretty much the canonical example of U.S. "realpolitik". I'd love to hear how you think the U.S. will "defend the one china policy". Last I checked the U.S. was committed to defending Taiwan from the PRC.




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