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OZ minister lauds ROC over dispute resolution

SINGAPORE--Taiwan's talks with China and Japan are a good example of how to resolve disputes, Australian Defense Minister David Johnston said Saturday.

Speaking about the territorial disputes in the South China Sea and East China Sea, Johnston said at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore that it is not acceptable to change the status quo through the use of force or coercion.

He highlighted the importance of the rule of law, saying that every country should follow the international rules to resolve territorial issues.

Johnston cited Taiwan's approach as an example, as well as efforts by Indonesia and the Philippines to reach consensus over disputed marine zones.

In a session on managing strategic tensions, the Australian minister said Taiwan and Japan are moving in the same direction, and he also mentioned talks between Taiwan and China.

During the session, Vietnam's Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh said he hopes the leaders of China and Vietnam can meet to discuss their dispute over the South China Sea territory.

China's deployment of an oil rig in an area of the South China Sea claimed by Vietnam has led to escalating tensions between the two nations, with anti-Chinese sentiment in the Southeast Asian country resulting in riots in mid-May.

Over 400 Taiwanese factories in southern Vietnam were affected by the riots, including two dozen that were set on fire, according to Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs.

1 Comment
June 5, 2014    nealek11@
Totally concur with the Defense Minister's view: China's leaders needs to take the lead on this increasingly escalating issue, particularly, if they are to be taken seriously as a responsible shareholder in both regional, as well as, global governance. Is the new Chinese leadership under Zi Xinping undermining the work of Deng Xiaoping? Tension over these disputed territories could easily be reduced by Seth China Sea territory claimants forming a special cooperative; this organization, managed by a special committee comprising a member representative from each claimant state. In this format, the interest of every member state would be met, not just, the interest of one single state. At this point, China is using forceful coercion, acquired on the back of its economic preponderance to affect political self-interest. Are we witnessing a prelude to another Cold War with Chinese characteristic.
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