For a while, while there was much hooplar over the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands, there were some rumors that with the Taiwanese also intruding on the island, that it was out of the same sense of “
nationalism patriotism for the ancestral nation”.
Not so much. Jens Kastner wrote “Taiwan angles for the big fish” back in September 27, 2012:
In which, he describes how Taiwan is basically using its status as a sort of “anti-PRC”, to nudge in some fishing deals for its own fishermen. Well…
2. Progress on the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands… sort of. Japan and Taiwan agreed to allow Taiwanese fisherman access to Japanese-administered water near the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea. After seventeen years of negotiations, the accord allows Taiwan to fish within twelve miles of the islands. China is “extremely concerned” about the fishery agreement, fearing that the deal grants Taiwan nation-like status and that Japan and Taiwan will cooperate further in the East China Sea. In unrelated maritime news, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the navy’s South Sea fleet in Sanya in the largest display of military strength since he took office in March. The visit came after Xi met with fishermen who work in disputed areas of the South China Sea.
UPDATE: April 18, 2013
More on Taiwan’s expansion of fishing area close to the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands: