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Taiwan against moves that would undermine peace in South China Sea

Taiwan against moves that would undermine peace in South China Sea

Taipei, May 13 (CNA) Taiwan called for relevant countries Wednesday to avoid any action that could undermine peace and stability amid the simmering tension in the South China Sea.
The Foreign Ministry made the remark in response to a recent visit by high-ranking officers of the Philippines to one of the islands in the Spratly archipelago to reaffirm their country's claim to the islands. Asked about the issue, ministry spokeswoman Anna Kao (??) reiterated her ministry's stance that the Republic of China enjoys sovereignty over the South China Sea, and urged against any action that could affect peace in the region. Whether from the perspective of history, geography or international law, the Spratly, Paracel and Pratas islands and the Macclesfield Bank, along with their surrounding waters, are the inherent territory of the ROC, she said. The ROC calls on all parties concerned to adhere to the spirit of international law and "avoid any unilateral action that would undermine peace and stability in the South China Sea," she added. In handling territorial disputes involving the South China Sea region, however, the ROC has proposed that the concerned countries put aside their differences, seek peaceful and reciprocal solutions and work toward the joint development of resources, she said. Kao's remarks came after Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. made a visit to Pagasa, an island in the disputed Spratly archipelago, on May 11. Catapang said that the island is part of Philippine territory. The islands in the resource-rich South China Sea and their surrounding waters are also fully or partially claimed by China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-29 04:59 GMT+08:00