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Taiwan-Japan Fisheries Agreement: Light at the End of a Dark Tunnel

Taiwan-Japan Fisheries Agreement: Light at the End of a Dark Tunnel * Professor, Graduate Institute of Political Science, National Taiwan Normal University. Tension in the East China Sea has been on the verge of breaking out into serious conflict following the nationalization of Diaoyutai/Senkaku Islands by the Japanese government in 2012. This act was a direct challenge to the sovereignty over these islands claimed by Taiwan and China. The conclusion of the Taiwan-Japan Fisheries Agreement on 10 April 2013 is a significant step on a pathway to defuse the potential flashpoint. The Agreement entered into force on 10 May 2013. The background for finalizing the Agreement is a mixture of international politics and international law significance. The East China Sea has always been a heavily utilized sea route. The Diaoyutai/Senkaku Islands, consisting of eight islands/islets, are located in this area and play an important strategic role. Both Taiwan and China were strongly opposed to the Japanese “nationalization” action. On 11 September 2012, Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry lodged a strong protest to Japan, calling the island purchase an action that “has damaged cooperative relations between Taiwan and Japan and generated tension in East Asia”. On the same day, the Chinese Foreign Ministry blasted the nationalization as “totally illegal and invalid” and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asia-Pacific Journal of Ocean Law and Policy Brill

Taiwan-Japan Fisheries Agreement: Light at the End of a Dark Tunnel

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Brill
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© 2016 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Articles
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2451-9367
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2451-9391
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10.1163/24519391-00101009
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* Professor, Graduate Institute of Political Science, National Taiwan Normal University. Tension in the East China Sea has been on the verge of breaking out into serious conflict following the nationalization of Diaoyutai/Senkaku Islands by the Japanese government in 2012. This act was a direct challenge to the sovereignty over these islands claimed by Taiwan and China. The conclusion of the Taiwan-Japan Fisheries Agreement on 10 April 2013 is a significant step on a pathway to defuse the potential flashpoint. The Agreement entered into force on 10 May 2013. The background for finalizing the Agreement is a mixture of international politics and international law significance. The East China Sea has always been a heavily utilized sea route. The Diaoyutai/Senkaku Islands, consisting of eight islands/islets, are located in this area and play an important strategic role. Both Taiwan and China were strongly opposed to the Japanese “nationalization” action. On 11 September 2012, Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry lodged a strong protest to Japan, calling the island purchase an action that “has damaged cooperative relations between Taiwan and Japan and generated tension in East Asia”. On the same day, the Chinese Foreign Ministry blasted the nationalization as “totally illegal and invalid” and

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Asia-Pacific Journal of Ocean Law and PolicyBrill

Published: Jun 3, 2016

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