Taiwan fishery talks in the works

Kyodo

Japanese and Taiwanese officials will hold a second meeting Wednesday to prepare for the reopening of formal talks on allowing Taiwanese boats to fish in disputed, Japan-controlled waters in the East China Sea, Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

Deputy spokesman Calvin Ho said that the meeting will take place in Tokyo and that both sides will disclose the outcome in an “appropriate” manner.

The first preparatory meeting was held in Tokyo on Nov. 30. The talks aim to set the agenda, time and place for a formal meeting.

Taiwan has proposed that a jointly controlled area be established in waters off the disputed islands — claimed as the Senkakus by Japan, Tiaoyutai by Taiwan and Diaoyu by China — so both sides can fish in each other’s overlapping exclusive economic zones.