Europe Par­lia­ment group lauds Ma’s peace ini­tia­tive

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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