Diaoyutai name change a sensitive political issue: Interior Minister

  • 29 June, 2020
  • Natalie Tso
The Diaoyutai Islands (AFP photo)

Taiwan’s Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung says that a name change for the Diaoyutai Islands is a sensitive political issue. His comments came Monday during an interview.

Yilan County has moved to change the name of the Diaoyutai Islands to “Toucheng Diaoyutai”. That’s after Japan changed the administrative name of the area containing what they call the Senkaku islands, from “Tonoshiro” to “Tonoshiro Senkaku” last Monday.

Taiwan, Japan and China all lay claim to the uninhabited islands, which are located in the East China Sea. 

Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung said Taiwan will not compromise when it comes to its sovereignty over the Diaoyutai Islands. He also said that Taiwan maintains fishing rights in the area.

But Hsu said that sensitive political factors surrounding the islands also need to be taken into account. He said the name change was initiated by the Yilan County government and the ministry would deal with it in accordance with the law.

Hsu said that fishing rights lie at the heart of the Diaoyutai issue. He said Taiwan’s fishing boats have never been detained and its fishermen have always been able to fish in the area.

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