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Taiwan's president calls for code of conduct in East China Sea
Central News Agency
2014-02-26 10:48 AM
Taipei, Feb. 26 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou on Wednesday urged that multilateral negotiations be held to set up an East China Sea code of conduct amid provocative moves by China to assert territorial claims in the region. Speaking at a one-day international regional security conference in Taipei, Ma urged all sides involved to address disputes through peaceful means to ensure regional stability and together come up with a code of conduct on the use of air space and waters in the East China Sea. He also called for a multilateral negotiation mechanism in the region to be established as soon as possible to address air defense identification zone (ADIZ) disputes. China rankled other countries with interests in the region when it declared an ADIZ over the East China Sea that covered the uninhabited Diaoyutai Islands, which are also claimed by Taiwan and Japan, and islands claimed by South Korea. The move was described by the United States as a provocative step and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called it a destabilizing measure that "unjustly infringes on freedom of flight over the high seas." Beijing has also taken aggressive actions, such as sending military vessels and aircraft on missions near the Diaoyutais, to press its claims to the islets. The one-day international conference has brought together experts from Australia, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States to discuss regional security in East Asia and ADIZ issues with local experts. (By Elaine Hou)
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