Min­is­ter of the In­te­rior of the Repub­lic of China (Tai­wan) Chen Wei-zen pre­sides over Taiping Is­land Cer­e­mony

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Min­is­ter of the In­te­rior of the Repub­lic of China (Tai­wan) Chen Wei-zen presided over a cer­e­mony mark­ing the open­ing of a wharf and light­house on Taiping Is­land on De­cem­ber 12th, 2015.

In re­cent years, ten­sions have been high in the South China Sea with var­i­ous par­ties claim­ing sovereignty and mar­itime rights. Pres­i­dent of the ROC (Tai­wan) Ma Ying-jeou pro­posed the “South China Sea Peace Ini­tia­tive” on May 26th, 2015 to re­it­er­ate the ROC (Tai­wan)gov­ern­ment’s long­stand­ing prin­ci­ples of safe­guard­ing sovereignty, shelv­ing dis­putes, pur­su­ing peace and rec­i­proc­ity, and pro­mot­ing joint de­vel­op­ment. The ROC (Tai­wan) is will­ing to work with other par­ties through con­sul­ta­tions con­ducted on a ba­sis of equal­ity and rec­i­proc­ity, to jointly en­sure peace and sta­bil­ity in the South China Sea, up­hold the free­dom of nav­i­ga­tion and over­flight, and con­serve and ex­plore re­sources in the re­gion.

The ROC (Tai­wan) Coast Guard Ad­min­is­tra­tion was es­tab­lished in Jan­uary 2000, its per­son­nel re­plac­ing marines on the is­land. In ad­di­tion, med­i­cal ser­vices were in­creased at the is­land’s Nan­sha Hos­pi­tal to pro­vide care to per­son­nel sta­tioned on the is­land as well as fish­er­men from dif­fer­ent coun­tries op­er­at­ing in neigh­bour­ing wa­ters.

With the open­ing of the light­house and wharf, the ROC (Tai­wan) ful­fills its in­ter­na­tional re­spon­si­bil­i­ties by al­low­ing the safe pas­sage of ships through sur­round­ing wa­ters, pre­vent­ing ship­wrecks, loss of life, and marine pol­lu­tion, and con­tribut­ing to the safe se­aborne trans­port of goods and the pro­vi­sion of hu­man­i­tar­ian aid.

The Repub­lic of China (Tai­wan) hopes to make Taiping Is­land a peace­ful and low-car­bon is­land, as well as an eco­log­i­cal re­serve, as a way of fur­ther im­ple­ment­ing the South China Sea Peace Ini­tia­tive and show­ing the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity the ROC’s re­solve to be a peace­maker in the South China Sea by shelv­ing dis­putes and jointly de­vel­op­ing re­sources, to trans­form it into a “Sea of Peace and Co­op­er­a­tion.”

Min­is­ter of the In­te­rior of the Repub­lic of China (Tai­wan) Chen Wei-zen pre­sides over a cer­e­mony mark­ing the open­ing of a wharf and light­house on

Taiping Is­land on De­cem­ber 12th, 2015

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