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