Europe Parliament group lauds Ma’s peace initiative
A peace initiative proposed by President Ma Ying-jeou that calls for the peaceful resolution of disputes in the South China Sea will help regional stability and become his legacy, a member of a European Parliament group friendly to Taiwan said.
Charles Tannock, honorary chairman of the European Parliament’s Taiwan Friendship Group, noted that in the wake of China’s construction of artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, tensions have risen in the region.
He said the European Union is concerned about the region’s development and not happy to see China’s move, and it worries that China could eventually resort to the use of force as it more aggressively pursues its sovereignty claims.
President Ma’s proposal to shelve disputes, negotiate in peace and jointly share the resources is very useful, he said.