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Taiwan Offers Peace Plan for South China Sea

作者:Kelly Jean Kelly 发布日期:5-27-2015

Chinese dredging vessels are seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. This is a still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy, May 21, 2015. (REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters)
Chinese dredging vessels are seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. This is a still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy, May 21, 2015. (REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters)

Taiwan's president has offered a plan to ease tensions in the South China Sea. Ma Ying-jeou announced the plan on Tuesday. It calls for cooperation among governments that claim all or parts of the South China Sea.

Mr. Ma proposed the peace plan at an Asia-Pacific research conference in Taipei. He appealed to those with claims to the South China Sea to end their territorial disputes and work together on resource exploration.

"We emphasize that sovereignty cannot be divided, resources can be shared, thereby replacing sovereignty disputes with resources sharing."

The South China Sea is said to be rich in oil, natural gas and fisheries.

The plan suggests that no nation take action on its own that could increase tensions. Taiwan and five other governments claim the 3.5 million square-kilometer South China Sea. The sea stretches from the south coast of Taiwan to Singapore.

Increased tensions

Tensions have increased over the past year and especially over the past few weeks, partly because of Chinese territorial claims to the area. China has taken steps to enlarge and develop several coral reefs. Observers say the development could be useful for China's armed forces.

Last week, the Chinese government made an official protest to the United States after an American spy plane flew over one small island in the South China Sea. U.S. officials say the American planes are gathering intelligence about the development of the islands. They say the flights are happening in international airspace, which China does not control.

Japan has also grown more active as it competes with China over rights to the East China Sea. In July, Japan will send 40 troops to a military exercise with the United States and Australia. It will be the first time Japanese soldiers have taken part in such an exercise. The Japanese government has also offered defense aid to Vietnam and the Philippines. Those two countries and China, Taiwan, Brunei and Malaysia claim all or parts of the South China Sea.

A Taiwan proposal

Mr. Ma's plan would establish systems to let different countries use the sea for humanitarian assistance, environmental protection and aid for disasters. In 2012, he proposed a peace process for settling disputes in the East China Sea, parts of which are claimed by Taiwan, China and Japan.

Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou announces his South China Sea Peace Initiative during the 2015 ILA-ASIL Asia Pacific Research Forum in Taipei, Taiwan, May 26, 2015.
Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou announces his South China Sea Peace Initiative during the 2015 ILA-ASIL Asia Pacific Research Forum in Taipei, Taiwan, May 26, 2015.

VOA spoke to Joanna Lei about Mr. Ma's plan. She leads the Chunghua 21st Century Think Tank in Taiwan.

"It is the least a president can do and should do. If everyone else discusses regional events and interests, at least you should state your claim."

The announcement on Tuesday demonstrates Mr. Ma's Nationalist Party's foreign policy experience to Taiwanese voters. Elections are to take place in January. But the peace plan is not likely to produce a reaction outside of Taiwan because the country has no official diplomatic ties with the countries that claim the South China Sea.

The Chinese government claims control of Taiwan. It has used its economic influence to ask that other countries avoid actions that would make Taiwan appear to be independent.

I'm Kelly Jean Kelly.

Correspondent Ralph Jennings reported this story from Taiwan. George Grow adapted it for VOA Learning English. Christopher Jones-Cruise was the editor.

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Words in This Story

resourcen. a place or thing that proves useful

sovereigntyn. self-rule; the right to govern one's self

enlargev. to make something larger

Do you believe the plan to ease tensions in the South China Sea will be accepted by all countries in the area? If not, why not? We want to hear from you. Write to us in the comments section.

网友的学习评论(12条):
作者:雄雄
5-28-2015 11:19:5
Taiwan's president Ma Ying-jeou has offered a plan to ease tensions in the South China Sea. It calls for cooperation among governments that claim all or parts of the South China Sea. He appealed to those with claims to the South China Sea to end their territorial disputes and work together on resource exploration. He says, "We emphasize that sovereignty cannot be divided, resources can be shared, thereby replacing sovereignty disputes with resources sharing."
作者:雄雄
5-28-2015 11:20:47
台湾总统马英九已经提出了一项计划,以缓解南海的紧张局势。该计划呼吁那些宣称南海全部或部分主权的政府间的合作。他呼吁那些宣称南中国海主权的国家结束他们的领土争端, 共同勘探开发海洋资源。他说,“我们强调主权不能分割,资源可以共享,从而用资源共享取代主权的争端。”
作者:雄雄
5-28-2015 11:37:43
Mr. Ma's plan would establish systems to let different countries use the sea for humanitarian assistance, environmental protection and aid for disasters. In 2012, he proposed a peace process for settling disputes in the East China Sea, parts of which are claimed by Taiwan, China and Japan.
作者:雄雄
5-28-2015 11:38:44
马先生的计划将建立让不同国家在海上使用人道主义援助、环境保护和抵抗灾害等等方面的系统。在2012年, 因台湾、中国和日本都宣称对中国东海拥有主权或部分主权,马先生曾提出过一个在中国东海解决争端的和平进程。
作者:雄雄
5-28-2015 12:4:29
The Ma Ying-jeou'plan suggests that no nation take action on its own that could increase tensions. Taiwan and five other governments claim the 3.5 million square-kilometer South China Sea. The sea stretches from the south coast of Taiwan to Singapore. The South China Sea is said to be rich in oil, natural gas and fisheries. China, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei and Malaysia claim all or parts of the South China Sea.
作者:雄雄
5-28-2015 12:5:41
马英九的计划表明, 不能由一个国家自己采取行动, 不然就可能会增加局势的紧张。台湾和其他五个政府声称的南中国海有350万平方公里,它从台湾的南部海岸延伸至新加坡。据说南海有丰富的石油、天然气和渔业。中国、台湾、越南、菲律宾、文莱和马来西亚宣称拥有南中国海的全部或部分主权。
作者:雄雄
5-28-2015 12:23:24
I read the article and repeatedly lost in thought. I think that Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou to come up with a plan that makes sense, if the Chinese take over the south China sea, and other coastal states they cannot share the Marine resources,it is not human, is not reasonable. Indeed, sovereignty is indivisible, resources can be Shared, and sharing resources to replace the multinational sovereignty dispute. To do that would be good.
作者:雄雄
5-28-2015 12:24:19
我反复地读这篇文章,陷入了沉思。我认为台湾总统马英九提出的计划有道理,如果中国独霸南海,而其他沿岸的国家他们不能共享海洋资源,这样做是没有人性的,也是不合理的。的确也是,主权是不能分割的,资源可以共享,从而用资源共享取代多国主权的争端。那样做将是好的。
作者:雄雄
5-28-2015 12:35:51
We carefully think about it, the earth is a big village, people should be peace on earth and harmonious get along, sharing the earth's resources. Everyone is a good and prosperous life, how good it would be!
作者:雄雄
5-28-2015 12:36:28
我们仔细地想一想,地球就是一个大村庄,地球上的人民应该和平而且和谐的相处,共享地球资源。人人安居乐业,那将是多么的美好啊!
作者:雄雄
5-28-2015 12:37:14
I wish the people of the world peace and harmony forever! I wish the people of the world long live the great unity!
作者:雄雄
5-28-2015 12:37:38
我愿世界人民永远和平和谐相处!祝世界人民大团结万岁!
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