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Taiwan approach cited as good example of conflict resolution
Central News Agency
2014-05-31 07:46 PM
Singapore, May 31 (CNA) Taiwan's talks with China and Japan are a good example of how to resolve disputes, Australian Defense Minister David Johnston said Saturday. Speaking about the territorial disputes in the South China Sea and East China Sea, Johnston said at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore that it is not acceptable to change the status quo through the use of force or coercion. He highlighted the importance of the rule of law, saying that every country should follow the international rules to resolve territorial issues. Johnston cited Taiwan's approach as an example, as well as efforts by Indonesia and the Philippines to reach consensus over disputed marine zones. In a session on managing strategic tensions, the Australian minister said Taiwan and Japan are moving in the same direction, and he also mentioned talks between Taiwan and China. During the session, Vietnam's Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh said he hopes the leaders of China and Vietnam can meet to discuss their dispute over the South China Sea territory. China's deployment of an oil rig in an area of the South China Sea claimed by Vietnam has led to escalating tensions between the two nations, with anti-Chinese sentiment in the Southeast Asian country resulting in riots in mid-May. Over 400 Taiwanese factories in southern Vietnam were affected by the riots, including two dozen that were set on fire, according to Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs. Thanh said Vietnam is considering various options, but will not resort to international law, namely the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, unless there are no other solutions. The Shangri-La Dialogue is being held by the International Institute for Strategic Studies for defense ministers in the Asia-Pacific region. This year's event opened Friday and will conclude Sunday. (By Lu Hsin-hui and Kay Liu)
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