Ex-vice president to pitch Diaoyutais proposal in U.S.
Central News Agency
2013-03-25 10:02 PM
Taipei, March 25 (CNA) Former Vice President Annette Lu said Monday she will visit the United States in April to promote her proposal to turn the disputed Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea into a demilitarized zone. Lu was speaking at a forum in Taipei on Asia Pacific situations and the Diaoyutais, in which she reiterated a proposal she raised in February that to settle the territorial dispute, the waters surrounding the islands should be demilitarized. The area should be made neutral and designated a marine protection area, she said, adding that from a sustainability point of view and in order to maintain peace in the region, all countries in north Asia should sign a treaty, vowing to never carry out development projects in the area. Located some 100 nautical miles northeast of Taiwan, the Diaoyutai Islands are claimed by Taiwan, Japan and China. Tensions have escalated since last year due to Japan's purchase of the islands from Japanese people who claimed to own them. (By Sophia Yeh and Jamie Wang)
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