China’s unilateral declaration of its new air-defense identification zone edges the already tense region closer to a possible conflict (“U.S., Chinese diplomats talk air-defense zone ahead of Biden visit,” Web, Dec. 3). While it may be branded as an “early-warning system,” the new ADIZ overlaps the existing zones of the Republic of China (Taiwan), South Korea and Japan, complicating aviation operations and potentially creating a new round of airspace competition.
On his trip in Asia, Vice President Joe Biden took the correct stance by stressing the “need for crisis-management mechanisms and effective channels of communication.” However, the communication will not succeed without including all parties that have a stake in the region.
This is why, in order to demonstrate Taiwan’s dedication to being a responsible party, President Ma Ying-jeou proposed the East China Sea Peace Initiative on Aug. 5, 2012. The initiative provides a viable, empirical model for the peaceful resolution of regional disputes. Nothing productive stands to be gained from unilateral moves taken without regard to impact on the region as a whole. We urge all parties concerned to follow the spirit of the initiative by engaging in constructive dialogue and establishing mechanisms that promote diplomatic solutions.
Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S.