Ma’s South China Sea road map for peace makes sense for Taiwan: report

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Washington, Jan. 29 (CNA) The road map for peace in the South China Sea proposed by President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) shows a clear logic for Taiwan, and if adopted, would be in Taipei’s interests and would help Taipei get a seat at an international negotiations table to resolve regional disputes, the Tokyo-based Diplomat Magazine has reported.

In a report published Friday on Ma’s recent visit this week to the Taiwan-controlled Taiping Island, also known as Itu Aba, the magazine said that Ma used the bulk of his speech during the Thursday visit to emphasize his road map for fostering peace and stability in the disputed areas of the South China Sea.

The road map calls for establishing a “cooperation and development mechanism” with “equal participation and resource sharing among all parties concerned in the region.”

The mechanism is based on all parties agreeing to shelve their sovereignty disputes, “not giving up their claims, but not actively pursuing them,” the Diplomat report said.

Commenting on Taiwan’s road map, the report said “the logic here for Taiwan is clear.”

“With solid control over Itu Aba and no real interest in actively expanding its control over the other features it claims, a shelving of all the disputes is in Taipei’s interests (by contrast, Beijing, which controls fewer features than rival claimants Vietnam and the Philippines, may have less interest in shelving disputes),” it reported.

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