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Taiwan's President Ma seeks trilateral Tiaoyutai Islands dialogue

Published on Sep 8, 2012 2:15 PM
 
A Japanese Coast Guard ship (centre) attempts to stop a Taiwan Coast Guard ship as it escorts a Taiwanese fishing boat near the disputed East China Sea islets called Senkaku in Japan, Diaoyutai in China and Tiaoyutai in Taiwan, in this handout file picture taken on July 4, 2012. President Ma Ying-jeou called for the establishment of a three-way dialogue mechanism between Taiwan, mainland China and Japan in order to peacefully resolve the long-simmering sovereignty row over the Tiaoyutai Islands on Friday during his visit to a Taiwan-controlled islet near the disputed island chain. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

(THE CHINA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - President Ma Ying-jeou called for the establishment of a three-way dialogue mechanism between Taiwan, mainland China and Japan in order to peacefully resolve the long-simmering sovereignty row over the Tiaoyutai Islands on Friday during his visit to a Taiwan-controlled islet near the disputed island chain.

Making an address as he visited Pengjia Islet, which is one of the northern-most Taiwan-controlled islets, Mr Ma said the trilateral dialogue mechanism could ultimately be realised by making use of the existing two-way communication platforms between each of the three parties involved.

After a consensus is reached with the currently operational mutual dialogue platforms between Taiwan-China, Taiwan-Japan, and China-Japan, the three sides could gradually move forward to a single meeting with all parties present, Ma added.

The president made the proposal on Friday as part of an action plan and follow-up in relation to his East China Sea Peace Initiative which was put forward last month to resolve the sovereignty dispute over the Tiaoyutais.

 
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