Dec 06, 2012

Taiwan : President welcomes back U.S. policy to Asia

Chinese President is enthusiastic about the resumption of TIFA talks and calls for peaceful action through dialogue regarding the dispute over the Diaoyutai islands.

Below is an article published by Focus Taiwan:

U.S.-Taiwan cooperation has borne fruits in many areas, including security and anti-human trafficking, and Taiwan looks forward to more bilateral trade exchanges following the U.S.' return to Asia, Ma said while receiving former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs under the U.S. Department of State Christopher Hill.

Ma also urged the U.S. to resume TIFA talks, and said he hopes that with the U.S.' assistance and Taiwan's efforts in creating favorable conditions, Taiwan will be able to gain entry to the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the near future.

Ma reiterated his East China Sea peace initiative concerning the disputed Diaoyutai Islands, and said his administration is working out a related code of conduct that he hopes will serve as the foundation of negotiations among all claimants to the islands.

The Diaoyutai Islands, which lie about 100 nautical miles northeast of Taiwan in the East China Sea, are claimed by Taiwan, Japan and China.

Ma's peace initiative calls on all parties involved in territorial disputes to refrain from hostile actions, put aside their differences, not abandon dialogue, observe international law and resolve the dispute through peaceful means.

All sides should also seek consensus on a code of conduct for the East China Sea issue and establish a mechanism for cooperation on exploring and developing resources in the region, Ma suggested.

During his meeting with Hill, Ma also touted his achievements in relations across the Taiwan Strait, such as the direct flights between Taiwan and China and allowing Chinese tourists to Taiwan.