Taiwan could play role in resolving S. China Sea dispute

Taipei, Sept. 8 (CNA) The Republic of China (Taiwan) could play an important role in resolving the South China Sea dispute as it was the ROC that first claimed sovereignty over the region and it still has many historic documents on the issue, a visiting UK expert said on Friday.

“I think Taiwan could play a really important role in resolving the dispute. Because of course the claim really started with the ROC in the early 20th century,” said Bill Hayton, an associate fellow at Chatham House, an international policy institute based in London.

In addition, many of the historic archives are still stored in Taiwan, where political openness makes it easier to discuss sovereignty claims than in China or Vietnam, he noted.

By presenting its historic documents on the South China Sea, Hayton said Taipei could demonstrate that the more exaggerated claims made by Beijing are not supported by the historical evidence.

Such an approach could take some of the heat out of the dispute, he told the Central News Agency on Friday.

Hayton also said it is clear Taiwan has occupied Taiping Island or Itu Aba for 70 years, noting “clearly you have the best claim to that feature.”

Hayton said that President Tsai-Ing-wen’s proposal to make the island an international humanitarian relief and resupply base is “a good way and good step to reduce tension.”

However, all claimants still need to have practical discussions on how to realize such a proposal, he added.

Hayton told CNA that to resolve the dispute everybody has to be “realistic” and recognize that no country is going to get 100 percent of what it wants.

He made the remarks on the sideline of a seminar organized by the South China Sea Think Tank (SCSTT) in Taipei on Friday. SCSTT is a Taipei-based non-profit organization that promotes dialogue, research, and education on South China Sea related issues.

In his lecture titled “The Modern Origins of China’s Claims in the South China Sea,” Hayton argued that the current tensions in the area can be traced back to the origins of China’s claims in the early 20th century. He presented evidence that China’s claim to islands in the South China Sea was made in 1909 and further expanded after 1933.

He argued that the claim is more modern than ancient as often claimed by China and has developed in response to domestic political crises.

(By Joseph Yeh)
Enditem/AW

image_pdfimage_print

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Read More »
  • La Palma : l’île la plus verdoyante des Canaries, visitée par 45% de Belges en plus

    4:17 pm

    Le tourisme durable dans des endroits verts rencontre un succès croissant auprès des Belges. C’est également le cas à La Palma, aux Canaries. Bien que des destinations comme Tenerife et Gran Canaria soient plus connues du grand public, La Palma a enregistré la plus forte augmentation de voyageurs belges en 2019. Une telle progression s’explique par ses atouts, à savoir des paysages impressionnants, plusieurs climats, un ciel étoilé magnifique et sans pareil ainsi que les plus beaux sentiers de randonnée. Il s’agit d’une destination aux multiples facettes, où l’authenticité n’a pas encore cédé le pas au tourisme de masse. Des qualités en parfaite adéquation avec le désir croissant de tranquillité et d’espace, en harmonie avec la Read More »

  • P&O Ferries releases first images of €260M new super-ferries designed to revolutionise transport between Britain and Europe

    3:22 pm

    P&O FERRIES today releases the first official images of the €260 million new generation of super-ferries which will transform the experience of travelling between Britain and the Continent. The largest ships ever to sail between Dover and Calais, the first of the 230-metre super-ferries will be operational by 2023.

    David Stretch, Managing Director – Short Routes at P&O Ferries, said: “These remarkable images provide a glimpse of the transformation which our customers will experience when they travel between Britain and Europe on the most sustainable, most reliable and most customer friendly ships ever to sail on the route. This major investment will be a vital part of Europe’s transport infrastructure into the 2040s and symbolises our commitment to making trade flow Read More »

  • airBaltic New Record – 5 Million Passengers in 2019

    3:19 pm

    Riga. Latvian airline airBaltic in 2019has carried 5 049 317 passengers or 22% more than the year before to its network. It is the highest number of passengers carried in airline’s history.

     Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “We are reaching new heights and offering better connections to people travelling to and from the Baltics. In 2019, we continued our sustainable growth path and showed strong results that will help us to pave our future path, strengthening our role as the largest carrier in the region.”

    “Last year we launched nine new routes, and, by adding more Airbus A220-300 to our fleet, increased the comfort and reliability of our flights. Already now majority of our passengers fly Read More »

    • Hébergé par PlanetHoster