Newspaper article China Post

Gov't Reiterates Sovereignty amid Beijing Map Plan

Newspaper article China Post

Gov't Reiterates Sovereignty amid Beijing Map Plan

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday reiterated Taiwan's claim to sovereignty amid reports China is planning to issue a new map that includes Taiwan's territories as part of the People's Republic of China's.

Citing the Republic of China's (R.O.C.) Constitution, MOFA spokesman Steve Hsia yesterday reaffirmed that the nation's territory includes those regions effectively controlled by mainland China as well as Taiwan.

The Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea and the Spratly Islands, Paracel Islands, Chungsha Islands and Tungsha Islands in the South China Sea, as well as their surrounding waters, are an inherent part of the R.O.C.'s territory as well, he added.

Asked whether MOFA would issue a protest to Beijing over the move, Hsia said it is not for his ministry to do so since such matters fall under the Mainland Affairs Council, Taiwan's top body in charge of China policy.

Hsia's remarks came after recent reports that a new Chinese map, which is to be made public soon, will include disputed areas that are claimed by other countries as official PRC territories. …

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