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United Daily News: Find new position for Taiwan in East Asia
Central News Agency
2013-12-13 11:26 AM
Taiwan's representative to the United States King Pu-tsung returned home this week, reportedly to convey Washington's concerns over Taiwan's stance on China's declaration of an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea. The ADIZ covers the Diaoyutai Islands that are also claimed by Japan and Taiwan, and the Socotra Rock claimed by South Korea. The move by Beijing, in effect, has escalated the territorial dispute over the Diaoyutais into a regional conflict in the East China Sea and is tilting the balance of power in East Asia. Since the United States adopted a policy of rebalancing toward Asia in 2009, Washington basically has maintained a constructive strategic partnership with Beijing that involves both cooperation and competition. Under the framework of U.S.-China coopetition, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan have each followed a policy of balancing between the two major powers. The ADIZ demarcation has allowed Beijing to break through the "first island chain" blockade and change the U.S.-China balance of power. Also, the inclusion of the Socotra Rock in China's ADIZ has built a link between Japan and South Korea against China. Seoul appeared to have slightly shifted its own balancing policy when it counteracted Beijing's ADIZ demarcation by extending its airspace Dec. 8 to partially overlap with China's. As another stakeholder in the region, Taiwan cannot remain on the sidelines. Taiwan needs to assess and respond to the changes and find a new position for itself in the shifting power structure in East Asia. (Editorial abstract -- Dec. 13, 2013) (By Y.F. Low)
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