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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Ma Ying-Jeou
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.
The tensions over the East China Sea islands reached new levels of tension after Beijing declared eight uninhabited islands at the center of a territorial dispute with Tokyo part of China's new aerial zone ("China sets air defense zone over East China Sea's disputed islands," Web, Nov. 23). China warned of "defensive emergency measures" if the zone is violated. The danger now is that the action increases the risk of misunderstandings, miscalculations and even a shooting incident.
I am afraid it could be too early to reject the possibility that Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou will meet his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, in Shanghai's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting next year ("Inside China: China ridicules Indian navy," Web, Aug. 22). Mr. Xi may soon realize that this timing is the best and perhaps the only opportunity for them to meet officially before 2016, when Mr. Ma will end the last term of his presidency.
The successful launch of India's first indigenously built aircraft carrier, the INS Vikrant, and the tragic accident of an Indian navy Kilo-class submarine that killed 18 sailors created fodder for Chinese state media to use in ridiculing its neighbor.
Because Chinese coast guard ships were recently sighted around the uninhabited East China Sea islands, called the Diaoyutai (or Senkaku, as they are known in Japan) and Mischief Reef off the western Philippine coast, it is important to remember cooler heads must prevail in the face of provocation. Peace and stability can only be preserved through cooperative action and open communication.
In July, the Republic of China (Taiwan) signed a historic economic cooperation agreement with New Zealand.
Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou of the ruling Kuomintang Party received a rare congratulation message from Chinese President Xi Jinping. Analysts say the message contained some surprises.
Contrary to Miles Yu's May 24 "Inside China" report ("Taiwan, China vie for toughness") the Republic of China (Taiwan) was not trying to send a message to the Philippines when it conducted maritime exercises in an area close to the overlapping waters of Taiwan's and the Philippines' exclusive economic zones. In fact, President Ma Ying-jeou made it very clear that Taiwan must "take measures to protect [Taiwan's] fishermen" and that "none of these actions should be misconstrued as military exercises or flexing [Taiwan's] military muscle."
Taiwan and the Philippines are embroiled in a major diplomatic dispute after the Philippines coast guard fatally shot a Taiwanese fisherman in disputed waters earlier this month.
Taiwan’s former vice president said Friday that her country’s defenses against China have grown weaker under President Ma Ying-jeou, agreeing with a former U.S. diplomat’s recent critical assessment of Taiwan’s military and security.
The diplomatically isolated democratic island of Taiwan won a major international victory this week as the country's president and first lady took part in the papal investiture at the Vatican.
Taiwan's president has decided to attend the installation ceremony of Pope Francis in Vatican City, a rare move that's sure to spark China's ire.
Lien Chan, a former vice president of Taiwan who holds an honorary chairmanship of the ruling Kuomintang party, has become entangled in a controversy that is placing the island democracy's politics on the edge.
A second Academy Award for best director has thrust Taiwan native Ang Lee into the top ranks of world filmmakers and made him a national hero on this diplomatically isolated island.
A second Academy Award for best director has thrust Taiwan native Ang Lee into the top ranks of world film-makers and made him a national hero on this diplomatically isolated island.
Mr. Ma insists that he attend the summit as president of the Republic of China, Taiwan's official name, a high-level Chinese official announced Monday.
"Sincere thanks to you for your congratulation note," Mr. Ma said. "In 1992, both sides of the Taiwan Strait reached a consensus that recognizes the One-China principle with separate verbal interpretations"