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China Times: Taiwan, China need to discuss regional cooperation

China Times: Taiwan, China need to discuss regional cooperation

During a visit to Southeast Asia early this month, Foreign Minister Wang Yi of China said his country will work to turn the South China Sea into a "sea of peace, friendship and cooperation." The idea is similar to the "East China Sea Peace Initiative" put forth by Taiwan that calls for joint development of maritime resources despite differences over territorial issues. The recent diplomatic row between Taiwan and the Philippines over the death of a Taiwanese fisherman demonstrates, however, that peace doesn't just happen. We need to fight for it with negotiations and strength, using both carrots and sticks. In this incident, Beijing threw its weight behind Taipei and asked the Philippines to apologize to Taiwan. The Taiwan-Philippines dispute and tensions in the Korean Peninsula both highlight the need for the two sides of the Taiwan Strait to begin serious discussions on regional cooperation issues. On economic cooperation, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) promoted by the Association for Southeast Asian Nations and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) led by the United States are the two projects that are most prominent. Due to its special relations with China, Taiwan has not been able to participate normally in regional economic integration. During a meeting with Taiwan's former Vice President Vincent Siew last month, Chinese President Xi Jinping said the two sides can discuss to find appropriate and feasible ways to form a cross-strait partnership in promoting the agenda of regional economic cooperation. On security cooperation, the two sides of the strait have achieved significant results on non-conventional security issues such as combating crime, disease prevention and control, and environmental protection. In the future, they should further explore the possibility of cooperation on conventional security issues. (Editorial abstract -- May 22, 2013) (By Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-04-16 23:50 GMT+08:00