Taiwan: No tie-up with China in disputed sea

Taiwan steps up its South China Sea claims as the Scarborough Shoal standoff between the Philippines and China is on its 4th week

TAIWAN'S TERRITORY? Neither the Philippines nor China owns Scarborough Shoal, says claimant Taiwan.

MANILA, Philippines – A top Taiwanese official has ruled out cooperation with mainland China in the South China Sea, with Taiwan having recently reasserted its claim over the Scarborough Shoal and other disputed areas.

It’s clear Taiwan owns the island groups in the South China Sea, according to Taiwan’s Vice Mainland Affairs Minister Liu Te-shun in an interview published in the country’s national news agency.

Taiwan, which calls itself the Republic of China, considers the mainland or the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as illegitimate. PRC, on the other hand, calls Taiwan a renegade government.

“The Republic of China does not need to take sides with any party because the islands are part of our inherent territory,” Liu said Thursday, May 3.

Explaining this stance, Liu said Taiwan will not cooperate with China, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, and Vietnam in areas that any of them claims entirely or in part. “Instead, the government supports joint explorations on the principle of peace and mutual benefits,” Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA) quoted Liu as saying.

The CNA did not specify further.

Taiwan has recently reasserted its claim over Scarborough Shoal, or what it calls Huangyan Island like China, amid the standoff in the area that is now in its 4th week.  

In a position paper on the issue, Taiwan denounced the Philippines’ moves in Scarborough Shoal as “illegal.” It did not do the same, however, with mainland China. – Rappler.com