Japan and Taiwan concluded a long-awaited fisheries agreement Wednesday in Taipei after officials from both sides formally resumed negotiations for the first time in four years. The deal will allow Taiwanese trawlers to operate in part of Japan’s exclusive economic zone near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, sources close to the talks said. Under the deal, Japan and Taiwan will designate some areas in Japan’s EEZ as jointly managed waters where fishing by both Japanese and Taiwanese boats will be allowed…Full-text article: The Japan Times Apr 2013

Key point

  • The uninhabited Senkaku Islands are administered by Japan, but claimed by China and its surrounding waters illicitly fished by Taiwan. The article notes that Japan agreed to the fishery deal in order to prevent Taiwan and China from forming a united front on territorial claims.

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