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Peace initiative receives positive response in U.S.: envoy

2012/08/18 20:09:59

Los Angeles, Aug. 17 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou's East China Sea Peace Initiative to help resolve the dispute over the Tiaoyutai Islands has received a positive response from the U.S. authorities, Taiwan's representative to the United States said Friday.

Jason Yuan said he spoke with U.S. officials soon after Ma proposed the initiative Aug. 5.

The U.S. has responded positively to the initiative and believes that all sides involved should resort to peaceful means to resolve their disputes, Yuan told reporters after attending a banquet at the Taiwan Benevolent Association of America in Los Angeles.

Japan has also responded to the initiative in a positive manner, he added.

Turning to the upcoming U.S. presidential election, Yuan predicted that Taiwan-U.S. relations will not be affected, no matter whether the Democrats or the Republicans win.

Ma's peace initiative calls on all parties involved in the territorial dispute to refrain from hostile actions, put aside their differences, not abandon dialogue, observe international law and resolve the dispute through peaceful means.

All sides should also seek consensus on a code of conduct for the East China Sea and establish a mechanism for cooperation on exploring and developing resources in the region.

The Tiaoyutai island chain, which lies about 100 nautical miles northeast of Taiwan, is claimed by Taiwan, China and Japan.

(By Oscar Wu and Jamie Wang)