Taiwan and Japan Establish a Maritime Affairs Dialogue to Avoid Fishing Disputes

Taiwan’s new government has wasted no time in negotiating with Japan to resolve territorial disputes over fishing grounds that has plagued relations between the two island nations in recent years.

Executive Yuan spokesperson Tong Zheng-yuan(童振源), announced today, Monday, May 23, that the two sides had reached consensus on establishing a bilateral maritime-affairs cooperation dialogue mechanism.

It is planned to hold the first formal dialogue before the end of July, and it is hoped a preliminary agreement can be reached, not only on fisheries cooperation, but also environmental protection, scientific research, maritime emergency rescue, and other marine issues.

map showing Japan's exclusive economic zone
A map showing exclusive economic zone claimed by Japan. Picture: www.mlit.go.jp
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