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Jun 12, 2008

Island dispute

A Taiwanese fishing boat was off near disputed territorial waters near the Diaoyutai islands (Senkaku Islands). A japanese coast guard ship accidently made phsyical contact with the boat and sunk it. KMT legislator Lin Yu-fang (林郁方) is saying "Get the missiles and boats ready, and let's go back there!"


Taipei Times has some details:

The government yesterday issued a statement asserting the nation’s claim over the Diaoyutai islands (釣魚台) and urging Japan to resume negotiations on fishing rights around the disputed islands.

The statement was issued in response to Japan’s detention of the crew of a Taiwanese fishing boat after a collision off the Diaoyutai islands on Tuesday....

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lee Ching-hua (李慶華) yesterday urged Japanese authorities to immediately release the three crew members of the Taiwanese fishing boat and to offer an apology and compensation.

The trio are being held on Ishigaki, part of the Ryuku islands chain, for questioning.

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