Taiwan recalls envoy over Japan island purchase
TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan said on Tuesday it had recalled its envoy to Japan in protest at the Japanese government's purchase of disputed islands also claimed by Taipei and Beijing.
"We sternly condemn Japan's nationalising the Diaoyu islands, which is an illegal action that violates the territorial sovereignty of Taiwan," said foreign minister Timothy Yang in a statement.
"We strongly demand that the Japanese government revokes this move. Japan's unilateral and illegal action cannot change the fact that the Republic of China (Taiwan's official name) owns the Diaoyu islands." Taiwan's envoy to Japan, Mr Shen Ssu-tsun has been instructed to lodge a protest to Tokyo, the statement said, adding he had been called back to report to the foreign ministry on the incident.
The state Central News Agency said Mr Shen was expected to return to Taipei on Wednesday while a foreign ministry spokesman was not immediately available for comment.