By Mei Jingya, Sina English
Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba reiterated Tuesday that the disputed Senkaku Islands (Chinese Diaoyu Islands) are an inherent part of Japanese territory, Kyodo News Agency reported today.
Gemba made the remarks after Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou on Sunday set forth a peace initiative to address territorial disputes over the Diaoyu Islands, urging neighboring countries to show restraint, set rules of conduct and join hands in developing resources in the East China Sea for the sake of stability in Northeast Asia.
Taiwan's "Minister of Foreign Affairs" Yang Jintian said they notified Japan of Ma’s proposed peace initiative beforehand.
"We can't accept Taiwan's own claim," Gemba was quoted as saying, maintaining Japan's long-standing stance that no territorial issue over the Diaoyu Islands exists.
Gemba also expressed hope that the island row will not affect relations between Tokyo and Taipei.