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Taiwan and Japan began two days of fishery development negotiations Thursday in Taipei, putting an end to a nearly four-year hiatus.

The delegation is composed of roughly 12 Japanese fishery officials and 20 officials from Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture. The closed-door talks are the 16th round of bilateral fisheries negotiations since 1996. The last round took place in Tokyo in 2005.

The past 15 rounds failed to produce a consensus as both sides refused to back off sovereignty claims over fish-rich waters in the East China Sea.

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