Oh good. Just when things looked like calming down, the Taiwanese Foreign Ministry decided to run adverts in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times, claiming sovereignty over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands.
The ads, which ran on October 10th, National Day of the Republic of China, “took a conciliatory tone–in contrast to the campaign being waged by Beijing–in proposing that Japan, Taiwan and China share marine resources around the Senkakus and promote dialogue to avoid conflict.” The ads called on the US to support Taiwan’s proposal.
In stating Taiwan’s case, the ad copy said that the Diaoyutai Islands were first discovered, named and used by Ming China (1368-1644) and that the Diaoyutais, along with Taiwan, became the territory of Qing Dynasty China (1644-1912).
Both Tokyo and Beijing claim sovereignty over the islands.