(Taiwan Today) MOFA pans Philippine renaming of South China Sea

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September 14, 2012 by Water Wisdom

Publication Date:09/13/2012
Source: Taiwan Today

MOFA pans Philippine renaming of South China Sea

The Nansha, Xisha, Zhongsha and Dongsha islands in the South China Sea are integral parts of ROC territory, a fact unaffected by attempts to rename the region. (CNA)
The ROC government does not recognize an administrative order signed by Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to officially rename the South China Sea the West Philippine Sea, the ROC Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Sept. 12.

“Whether from the point of view of history, geography or international law, the Nansha (Spratly) Islands, as well as the Xisha (Paracel), Zhongsha (Macclesfield Bank) and Dongsha (Pratas) archipelagos and their surrounding waters in the South China Sea are all undoubtedly integral parts of ROC territory,” the MOFA pointed out.

“The ROC government refuses to recognize moves by any other nation to occupy or claim control over them for any reason,” it added.

“The government solemnly urges neighboring countries to abide by the letter and spirit of international law, show self-restraint and avoid taking any unilateral steps that might undermine peace and stability in the region,” the ministry stated.

Any disputed claims in the region should be resolved peacefully through dialogue, it stressed.

The ministry also reiterated the ROC government’s desire to work together with other countries to develop resources in the South China Sea, based on the principles of ROC sovereignty over the islands, the shelving of disputes, peace and reciprocity, and joint development. To this end, inviting the ROC to take part in talks on a South China Sea code of conduct would contribute to joint development and peace in the region, it added. (SB-THN)

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