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KMT, DPP presidential candidates comment on South China Sea strategy

KMT, DPP presidential candidates comment on South China Sea strategy

Taipei, Oct. 28 (CNA) The ruling Kuomintang's presidential candidate Eric Chu (???) said Wednesday he will not stand behind the United States on the South China Sea issue, while his Democratic Progressive Party rival sounded more in tune with the U.S. Amid growing tensions between China and the U.S. over the South China Sea, DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (???)said all countries have an obligation to maintain the right to freely fly over or navigate through the disputed region. "My position on the South China Sea has been clear all the time, that is, all parties should put forth their proposals and state their stances based on the legal principles of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea," she said. Under those principles, foreign vessels, both military and civilian, are allowed innocent passage through territorial waters. Both candidates called for dialogue and peaceful resolution of differences. During a radio interview, Chu was asked whether he would accept a U.S. request to stand on its side on the South China Sea issue when he visit the U.S. next month, but he said his hosts would not raise the in such terms. "What should be discussed is the cross-Taiwan Strait situation and the future economic and trade cooperation between Taiwan and the U.S.," he added. "What if the U.S. officials do raise it in such terms?" the radio host asked. "I don't think that will happen. (Even if they raise it that way), I will not accept," Chu said. His said his overall strategy on the South China Sea issue from Taiwan's perspective is to call for shelving differences and sharing economic benefits, which would include developing Taiwan-owned Taiping Island into a tourist attraction. Chu extended that idea to cover the U.S.-lead Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership of Southeast Asia and the "one belt, one road" project of China. (By Tai Ya-Chen and S.C. Chang)


Updated : 2021-09-18 03:34 GMT+08:00