Tribunal recognized Taiwan’s special status: scholars


TAIPEI, Taiwan — Local scholars said on Saturday that the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague was quite careful in dealing with the status of Taiwan because the court had indicated that “Taiwan is not completely part of China” but a special political entity, although the court had used the term ‘Taiwan Authority of China’ when mentioning Taiwan, the Central News Agency reported.

Assistant professor Tsai Chi-ting of the Department of Political Science at National Taiwan University and Sung Cheng-en, a candidate for a judicial science doctorate at Oxford University issued the opinions when releasing papers at a seminar on “Arbitration on South China Sea and Taiwan Status” on Saturday afternoon.

The seminar was hosted jointly by the Ministry of Justice and the Chinese (Taiwan) Society of International Law.

The court issued its final arbitration that China has no legal basis to claim historic rights to resources within its nine-dash line, which forms the bulk of the South China Sea, and all the features found above the water are rocks instead of islands, including Taiping Island, also known as Itu Aba.

In addition, the court termed Taiwan as the “Taiwan Authority of China.” Nevertheless, assistant professor Tsai Chi-ting opined that the court’s terminology was meant to indicate that “Taiwan is completely part of China” as widely interpreted after the ruling was issued.

Taiwan ‘Not Completely