Taiwan again calls for peaceful resolution after S. Korea move
By Joseph Yeh ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan yesterday repeated calls for a peaceful resolution regarding recent issues surrounding mainland China's new Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea, after South Korea yesterday announced an extension of its own ADIZ to an area partially overlapping with that of China's, a move which could further ratchet up tensions in the region.
December 9, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokeswoman Anna Kao (高安) said yesterday that the R.O.C. government has been keeping abreast of the latest developments on the incident.
In view of these escalating ADIZ disputes, Kao called on all parties concerned to exercise restraint and address the dispute using peaceful means, citing the East China Sea Peace Initiative proposed by President Ma Ying-jeou last August as a possible blueprint.
On Dec. 5, the president said that mainland Chinese authorities did not consult with his administration before demarcating the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea, and that Beijing's unilateral actions were not conducive toward the bettering of cross-strait ties.
The R.O.C. is also repeating calls for peaceful dialogue to deal with regional disputes and avoid escalating tensions, she added.
South Korea said yesterday that it had extended its ADIZ to an area partially overlapping with a similar zone declared by China two weeks ago, a move that has sharply raised regional tensions.
In announcing the expansion of its own zone to include two islands to the south of its previous ADIZ which it had previously claimed as its territories, as well as a submerged rock also claimed by China, South Korea's Defense Ministry said the move would not infringe on the sovereignty of neighboring countries.
On Nov. 23, Beijing established an East China Sea ADIZ that includes the disputed Diaoyutai Islands (釣魚台), which are also claimed by both Taiwan and Japan, a move that drew intense protest from Japan and the U.S.
Taiwan also expressed concern over Beijing's unilateral move, saying that it could hinder cross-strait ties.
Asked to comment on South Korea's latest announcement, military spokesman Luo Shou-he (羅紹和) yesterday said the Ministry of National Defense (MND) is closely monitoring the latest developments following the Asian country's move.
Unnamed military sources told local media that the South Korean extension of its ADIZ did not overlap with Taiwan's ADIZ and therefore will not have an immediate effect on Taiwan.
Regarding the possibility of the mainland Chinese authorities setting up an ADIZ over the South China Sea, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) previously said that the National Security Council and relevant government branches have already concluded a meeting on the matter, and that there are plans to reach out to Beijing.