Di­a­logue best means to solve S China Sea dis­pute: Turkey

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

CHENGDU—Ste­wardesses pose for a photo in front of Chengdu Air­lines’ ARJ21 in Chengdu Shuan­gliu In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Chengdu, cap­i­tal of south­west China’s Sichuan Prov­ince, June 28, 2016.

ARJ21, man­u­fac­tured by the Com­mer­cial Air­craft Corp. of China

OUR COR­RE­SPON­DENT BEI­JING—China and the Philip­pines should en­gage in “con­struc­tive” di­a­logue to solve their dis­pute in the South China Sea as con­flicts are “de­struc­tive” to all sides, Turk­ish an­a­lysts said.

In the view of Al­tay Atli, a re­search fel­low with the Asian Stud­ies Cen­ter of Bogazici Univer­sity in Istanbul, Manila’s re­sort to an in­ter­na­tional tri­bunal over the dis­pute may not help pro­duce a so­lu­tion.

In 2013, the Philip­pines uni­lat­er­ally filed com­pul­sory arbitration against China at the Per­ma­nent Court of Arbitration in The Hague with re­spect to the two sides’ dis­putes in the South China Sea.

The Chi­nese gov­ern­ment has re­it­er­ated its nonac­cep­tance and non-par­tic­i­pa­tion stance in the case.

“I think in­stead of wait­ing for the in­ter­na­tional tri­bunal to solve the prob­lems by it­self, China and the Philip­pines should en­ter a con­struc­tive di­a­logue, dis­cuss their is­sues to­gether, and jointly de­cide on a so­lu­tion that would pro­tect both sides’ in­ter­ests,” said Atli.

He was echoed by Kamer Kasim, vice pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Strate­gic Re­search Or­ga­ni­za­tion and dean of Fac­ulty of Eco­nom­ics and Ad­min­is­tra­tive Sci­ences with Abant Izzet Baysal Univer­sity.

“The par­ties need to en­gage in (COMAC), made its maiden com­mer­cial flight from Chengdu to Shang­hai Tues­day.

The do­mes­ti­cally-de­signed air­liner is China’s first re­gional man­u­fac­tured ac­cord­ing to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.—Xin­hua peace­ful so­lu­tions South China Sea Kasim.

Ten­sions are run­ning high in the South China Sea as the United States and Ja­pan, among oth­ers, have opted to en­gage in the dis­putes. “I think that the in­volve­ment of coun­tries from out­side the re­gion only serves to com­pli­cate the sit­u­a­tion,” ob­served Atli.

“None of the coun­tries who has a stake in this re­gion, nei­ther China nor the other coun­tries, have any­thing to gain from ris­ing ten­sion and re­gard­ing the dis­pute,” said pos­si­ble con­flicts,” he said.

Re­fer­ring to the fact that al­most all of the East Asian coun­tries are go­ing through a process of “se­ri­ous” eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion and jet re­struc­tur­ing, Atli stressed that “In such a pe­riod, what they need is not ten­sion and con­flict, they need greater co­op­er­a­tion and in­te­gra­tion.”

In Kasim’s view, it is in the in­ter­ests of both Wash­ing­ton and Bei­jing to keep “peace and security” in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion.

“The last thing that China and the U.S. needs is any kind of in­ter­rup­tion of the trade in Asia-Pa­cific,” he said.

“It would be easy to ig­nite any kind of con­flict in the South China Sea,” he stressed.

“How­ever, when the con­flict starts it would be dif­fi­cult to stop and it would also be de­struc­tive for all sides. what the pres­i­dent called “an act of ter­ror­ism”.

The blast struck the Ma­hamasina mu­nic­i­pal sta­dium in Antananarivo at around 1600 GMT Sun­day, just as a free con­cert was tak­ing place to mark the na­tion’s 56th an­niver­sary of in­de­pen­dence from France.

Ac­cord­ing to the gen­darmerie, the at­tack im­me­di­ately killed two teenagers aged 16 and 18. “There are now three dead,” in­clud­ing the 14-month-old girl who died of her wounds, Prime Min­is­ter Olivier Ma­hafaly Solo­nan­drasana said Mon­day, adding that 91 peo­ple were in­jured in the at­tack and an en­quiry was un­der way.

Pres­i­dent Hery Ra­jaonari­mampianina, who vis­ited the wounded in hos­pi­tal, blamed the at­tack on ten­sions with po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents in the In­dian Ocean is­land na­tion.—APP

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