Several visiting Taiwanese history and geography teachers have said they were impressed by the actions taken by and determination of South Korea to defend its sovereignty over a disputed group of islet in the Sea of Japan after touring there.
Twenty-seven teachers from Taiwan set foot on the Liancourt Rocks -- also known as Dokdo in Korean -- Saturday as part of a tour organized by the Taipei-based Korean Academy.
Before the journey, the group had visited the National Geographic Information Institute and a museum of maps during their stay in South Korea, according to some group members.
The wide coverage about Dokdo in Korean textbooks, the institute's emphasis on mapping their homeland, and the tour of Dokdo, as well as the South Korean government's and people's attention to and love for their territories and sovereignty were all very impressive, said Chang Sheng-ling (???), a geography teacher at Taipei First Girls' High School.
Echoing Chang, who is also a teacher leader in the Geography Education Resource Center, Taichung First High School history teacher Chen Yi-lung (???) expressed a similar opinion to CNA.
To demonstrate the importance they attach to territorial issues, the Northeast Asian History Foundation -- a peripheral organization to South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs -- has continued to invite foreigners to visit its country so that they can feel in person how determined the South Korean people are in defending the sovereignty of Dokdo, Chen said.
The Taiwanese group was given permission to walk on Dokdo for a mere 30 minutes after a 10-hour trip by boat.
Dokdo, known as Takeshima in Japanese, is controlled by South Korea, but sovereignty over the group of islets is contested by Japan.
Like South Korea, Taiwan is in a dispute with Japan over the sovereignty of the Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea.
Source: Focus Taiwan