Ma reaffirms value of South China Sea Peace Initiative


President Ma Ying-jeou explains the importance of regional cooperation during a South China Sea international conference Jan. 19 in Taipei City. (CNA)
ROC President Ma Ying-jeou reiterated the significance of his South China Sea Peace Initiative Jan. 19 in Taipei City, calling on all countries and territories in the region to promote peace through collaboration.

“Taiwan’s successful peacemaking experiences in the East China Sea are helping it take the lead in advancing prosperity and stability through this initiative,” Ma said.

“We remain steadfast in fostering coordination and cooperation among all relevant parties by advocating the principles of exercising restraint in pursing peace and reciprocity, while promoting joint exploration and development of resources.”

The president made the remarks during his opening address at the International Symposium on the Oceanic and Atmospheric Research in the South China Sea.

According to Ma, much like the East China Sea Peace Initiative he proposed in 2012, the South China Sea version is showing its worth as a model for fostering long-term stability.

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