Taiwanese Group Intervenes in South China Sea ArbitrationPosted: May 11, 2016
SCMP says in its report “Taiwanese group intervenes in South China Sea court battle”, “A Taiwanese group has intervened in the Philippines’ international court case against Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea, pressing Taipei’s position that Taiwan is entitled to a swathe of the disputed waterway as an economic zone.”
Siding with Western media, SCMP has always tended to regarding Taipei as another country that contends with Beijing for sovereignty over islands, reefs and sea areas in the South China Sea. It is ignorant that Chinese people’s tradition of following Confucius’ teachings.
Confucius says “Brothers quarrelling at home join forces against attacks from without”.
When Beijing is attacked by the Philippines by arbitration in Hague, Taipei as Beijing’s brother comes out to help Beijing. It is in fact not the first time that Taiwan people fight by the side of China in protecting Chinese people’s interests.
When Taiwanese activists for Taipei’s claim to the Diaoyu Islands landed on the Diaoyu in the past, they raised not only the flag of the Republic of China (Taipei’s flag) but also the flag of the People’s Republic of China (Beijing’s flag).
SCMP said that the group submitted its statement to the arbitration court to refute Philippines’ argument in the arbitration that no reefs, atolls or islets in the Spratly archipelago can legally be considered islands, and therefore cannot bestow rights to an 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone.
It cites in its statement various government reports and statements as evidence, to prove “it is clear that Taiping Island (also known as Itu Aba) is an island which can sustain human habitation and economic life of its own under….UNCLOS.”
According to SCMP, the group Chinese (Taiwan) Society of International Law is linked with Taiwan government.
Not only the group, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou staged a high-profile visit to the Taiping Island in late January and showed reporters drinkable water from a well there to prove that the island is habitable.
SCMP quotes a Singaporean expert as saying that it was significant that judges of the arbitration court has consented to review Taiwan’s arguments to show its impartiality even though Taiwan is not a UN member.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s report, full text of which can be viewed at http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1943099/taiwanese-group-intervenes-south-china-sea-court-battle