Amid the rain that falls almost daily during winter in northern Taiwan, the surrounding East China Sea, normally a striking blue, takes on a heavy, gray hue.

For the three parties locked in a territorial spat over the Senkaku Islands off this coast — Japan, China and Taiwan — the outlook is similarly murky, with no clear forecast of a resolution to the dispute.

While Beijing and Tokyo have been steadfast in proclaiming them as an integral part of their respective territories, a body representing Taiwanese fishermen says it only wants fishing access to the islets, regardless of who controls them.