How Taiwan Can Upstage China


Taiwan's South China Sea claims are outdated. It could earn some vital regional goodwill by abandoning them.

How Taiwan Can Upstage China 

The recent confrontations in the South China Sea between China, Vietnam and the Philippines, and the subsequent street demonstrations in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are an unwelcome reminder that long simmering tensions in the waters off Southeast Asia could boil over at any time.

The past month has seen diplomats and officials in Beijing, Hanoi and Manila engage in a round of accusations, protests and denials, with even usually quiet Singapore prompted to call on China to clarify its territorial claims.

Taiwan, meanwhile, reiterated its position, emphasizing its sovereignty over the contested territory. According to a June 15 statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan noted 'that the Nansha Islands, the Shisha Islands, the Chungsha Islands and the Tungsha Islands, as well as their surrounding waters, sea beds and subsoil are all an inherent part of the territory of the Republic of China (Taiwan).' Moreover, on June 22, as reported by Channel News Asia, Minister of Foreign Affairs Timothy C.Y. Yang spoke of increasing military patrols on Taiwan-held islands.

Odd as it may seem given their history of animosity, the South China Sea territorial claims of the governments of China and Taiwan are nearly identical. Both the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China base their modern day claims on the so-called 'nine-dotted' or 'U-shaped' line visible on maps issued by the then Nanjing-based Republic of China government in 1947.

In the years since 1947, Taiwan has issued periodic statements regarding its claims. In 1993, it asserted sovereignty over the bulk of the South China Sea, including the Spratly, Pratas, and Paracel islands. In 1995, Taipei both reiterated its claim to the 'U-shaped line' and initiated construction on Itu Aba Island (Tai Ping Tao) in the Spratlys despite longstanding territorial claims to that tiny island by the Philippines and Vietnam as well as China.

The current Taiwanese position hasn't changed in any fundamental way in the years since 1947, despite both Taiwan and the region having evolved dramatically in that time.

But hewing to the nine-dotted line claim of 1947 in 2011 imposes a needless liability on modern day Taiwan. Taiwan needs good relations with its Southeast Asian neighbours. Democratic Taiwan wants to, as it should, be perceived as a responsible international actor both in Asia and globally. The excessive maritime claims embodied by the 1947 declaration, however, fly in the face of this. Taipei's continued adherence to China's maritime territorial claims is therefore inimical to Taiwan's long-term regional and international interests.

By holding to outdated and legally untenable claims, Taiwan risks alienating its ASEAN neighbours while its already deep economic ties to them continue to grow. By siding with Beijing on the excessive maritime claims inherited from 1947, an already isolated Taipei risks alienating neighbours that are increasingly wary of China, and that could potentially become more sympathetic to Taiwan.

Taiwan has now, in the choppy waters of the South China Sea, an opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to international harmony and to being a constructive force for regional stability. Taipei ought to modify its maritime territorial claims in a manner that's both more acceptable to its Southeast Asian neighbours, and in accordance with international law.

Taiwan would be wise to adopt a modified claim based on the 200 nautical mile limit as enunciated by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in its definition of exclusive economic zones. By adopting this stance, Taipei would be able to maintain a claim to a substantial portion of the South China Sea while stepping back from those territorial claims that are particularly aggressive, ambitious and intellectually offensive to its neighbours. Doing so would also bring Taipei's positions – unlike those of Beijing – into compliance with international law and the UNCLOS.

Importantly, such a modification of its maritime territorial claims would not constitute a wholesale renunciation of Taiwan's interests in the South China Sea.

Under the proposed arrangement, Taiwan's naval forces and commercial shipping interests would continue to enjoy access to, and passage through, the South China Sea. In negotiating a more reasonable position with the Vietnamese and Philippine authorities, Taiwan would have the opportunity to safeguard its oil, gas and fishing interests in the Sea. These interests would surely be better served by a harmonious South China Sea than by one fraught with confrontations, as is the case at present. Moreover, this arrangement need not entail withdrawal of Taiwanese forces from Itu Aba and other islands. Sovereignty over the islands can be negotiated between claimant states at a future date, once Taiwan steps away from its legally spurious claim to the entire sea.

Much more importantly, given Beijing's standing threat of a military response to a move towards Taiwan independence, it wouldn't constitute – and could not reasonably be construed as – constituting such a move by Taipei.

There may be some concerns that China would react militarily to such an adjustment of Taiwan's territorial claims. History, however, indicates otherwise. Just as President Lee unofficially abandoned the Taiwan's claim to mainland China in 1991, Taipei today could all-but-officially adopt a more reasonable and conciliatory policy towards the South China Sea. Surely, Beijing would engage in hysterics for some time, but these would eventually pass.

A more regionally accommodating, legally defensible and internationally acceptable de-facto position on the South China Sea could be presented by Taiwan as promoting a Chinese foreign policy more mature, more realistic and more regionally accommodating than that emanating from Beijing.

Furthermore, Taiwan's tacit adoption of a modified claim could also help to move the dialogue between China and Southeast Asia forward. Not only would it put pressure on Beijing to adopt a position more acceptable to its neighbours, but Taipei's decision to make the first move could provide Beijing with a face-saving way of backing away from its current claims.

Taiwanhas now in the South China Sea dispute an opportunity to take the high road and to upstage Beijing in the eyes and esteem of a wary Southeast Asia and an anxious world.

Taiwan's military forces are not, and will never be, the deciding factor in any large-scale confrontation over the rocks, islands and reefs of the South China Sea. Any decision by Taiwan to modify its position would therefore be largely symbolic. Still, it would send an important signal to its Southeast Asian neighbours, to the international community and to Beijing. And in international relations, signals really do matter.

Richard Pearson is a programme associate at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation in Washington. He manages China, Taiwan, Vietnam and South China Sea programmes for the foundation, including its ongoing The Law of Sea and Asian Maritime Disputes project in which Mr. Van Dyke is an active participant. This article first appeared in the Taipei Times.


"Odd as it may seem given their history of animosity, the South China Sea territorial claims of the governments of China and Taiwan are nearly identical. " --- Why Odd? The South China Sea Was Originally A Part Of China's Territory .

1907 And 1909 Qing Dynasty General LiZhun Leads The Fleet Which Is Composed Of Three Warships, Cruising All South China Sea Islands And Deport Japanese Thief , They Had Also Discovered The Early Ming Dynasty Year The Navy Forces And ZhengHe Convoy Stay Behind Stone Stele Records .

1947 And 1958 The ROC And The PRC Published Statement The Territorial Sea About  "Nine-Dotted" Or "U-Shaped" Many Times . At That Time The Whole World Countries Acknowledged That And No Objection.

1933 Map Of South China Sea  

The South China Sea Islands - Wiudwing

The South China Sea Islands - Wiudwing

The South China Sea Islands - Wiudwing

The Vietnamese Government Official(1958)



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In The Maldives Seabed Magnificent Devil Rays (Chinese Name: FúFèn) Collective Foraging Scene.
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Body Huge Manta Rays Like Huge Bats In The Water Swimming , They Gather Themselves Together, Enjoy The Plankton.

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200 Manta Rays Gather In The Maldives Hanifaru Bay .

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FúFèn Enjoy The Plankton.

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One Of The World's Largest Fish .

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Devil Rays Get Together To Find Foods .

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FúFèn Opens Big Mouth And Tumbling Large Body .

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Graceful And Efficient , 2000-Pound Mantas Swirl Hanifaru Bay In The Maldives .

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It 's A Delicate Balance , Though Too Many Humans Could Drive Mantas Out Of Feeding Grounds Hanifaru Bay .


No Mechanics In Love World

No Mechanics In Love World
A Two-Year-Old Chinese Girl Named ZhangFangYu But Known By The Nickname NiuNiu, Left Unattended Fell 10 Stories From Her Family's Apartment Window And Survived After Being Caught By A Woman Passing By,WuJuPing's Arm Instantaneous Is Hit By The Huge Impact Smashed To Comminuted Fracture.

WuJuPing A 31-Year-Old Mother Reached The Falling Child In Time To Break The Toddler's Fall, Preventing The Girl From Hitting The Ground At Full Force.

WuJuPing Catched Toddler Girl Moment , The Arm Equivalent To Catch A 335.4 KG/S Objects.

NiuNiu, Who Was Home Alone At The Time, Was Seen Dangling Out Of The Window Of Her Home Near HangZhou, The Provincial Capital, At Midday Saturday.

"She Clung To The Windowpane For About Two Minutes And Then Fell To The Ground," Said A Neighbor Who Witnessed The Incident.

Wu Was Strolling By The Building At The Time Of The Fall. Seeing The Child About To Plummet From The Building, She Kicked Off Her High-Heeled Shoes And Ran Underneath The Child, Stretching Her Arms To The Sky In An Effort To Catch The Toddler In Mid-Fall.

NiuNiu Fell From The Building And Hit Wu's Left Arm Before Falling Onto The Lawn.

Both Were Rushed To The Hospital. Wu Incurred Fractures In Her Left Arm, Which Will Require Surgery To Repair. NiuNiu Was Found To Be Bleeding Internally And Is Still In Critical Condition,Suffered Serious Internal Injuries But Survived The Fall Nonetheless.

Great Mother - WuJuPing
WuJuPing's L-Arm In X-Ray
WuJuPing And Her 7-Month-Old Son
NiuNiu's Parents Outside Of Operating Room


China Ancient Pop

What Was The China Ancient Popular Fashion?

The Following Are Some Cultural Relics Show.  

The Ming Dynasty Grave Is Buried Along With The Dead Thing,Looks Like A Wristwatch Style The Ring. (AD1368-1644)

Women Hair Net In Tang Dynasty DunHuang Fresco.(AD566-635)

Caliper Of WangMang Period, And Used With Us Almost No Difference Nearly Now.(AD7-23)

In DunHuang Grotto 17 Hole Tang Dynasty Fresco ,Tang Maidservant Decorative Pattern Handbag.Thousand Years Fashion.(AD566-635)

The Eastern Jin Dynasty Artist's Hairstyle .(AD316-420)

The Song Dynasty's Football Match And Club "QiYunShe". (AD960-1279)

Southern Song Dynasty Ball Boots   (AD1127-1279)

Shoes Made Of Cowhide Surface With The Extremely Wear-Resisting: This Pair Of Southern Song Dynasty Ball Boots Made With Leather Uppers, In Sole Nail The Round Head Nails, Out, It Is Wear-Resisting, Then Coated With Tung, Make Not Leak, Can't Help Letting Person Plaint With Its Technology. Football Shoes With Nails, With The Same Now!

Ancient Taxi  ---  Just Record Distance Car In Han Dynasty, Have A Carriage With The Wooden Figurine, Standing Hand Holds Accouterment-Shaver Drum. Each Drive To Certain Mileage Carriage, Wooden Figurine Will Wave Drum, Ahead On The Old Fashioned-Like Drum Accouterment-Shaver, Ancient Times Called It The Drum Car.Calculates The Money According To The Kilometers.(202BC-AD220)

Tang Dynasty Fresco,The Era Of All People Inner Wear Out Worn.(AD566-635)

Sui Dynasties Curtain Hat (Used To Keep Out Dust), And The Body Not To Have The Sleeve Attire.(AD581~618)

The Sui Dynasty Suspenders Skirt . And Is Really Suspenders Skirt .(AD581~618)

This Pottery Burial Figurines Carry A Package Of Posture , Carried The Classic Style Package And Wearing The T-Shirt .(AD581~618)

The Warring States Period Crystal Cup (475BC~221BC )



The Eastern Jin Dynasty Grey Pottery Colored Drawing On Pottery Female Burial Puppet, In 1955 The Nanjing Granulated Substance Rocky Mountain Gravel Wind Was Unearthed, High 34.6 Centimeters, Era The 4th Century, Nanjing Natural Science Collection.  Annnnd It Is Looks Like Eastern Jin Dynasty Nurse Kerchief.

High-Heeled Shoes

In The 14th Century: The Earliest High-Heeled Shoes From China, The Ming Dynasty For The Ming Dynasty, The New Shoes On The Sole With 4 cm To 5 cm High, With The Long Round With Silk Framed Up. Beijing Pointed Foot Cockatoos Ding Tombs Excavated High-Heeled Shoes, Production Is Very Exquisite. Beijing Ding Tombs Have Been Excavated Pointed Become Warped Cockatoos High Bottom Shoe, Shoes Long 12 cm, The Long 7 cm High, Width Of 5 cm High, 4.5 cm .

High-Heeled Shoes 

Well-Preserved High-Heeled Shoes   
Warring States Time's Leather Shoes .(475BC~221BC )

Really Thousands Year Fashion.

Silver First Person Of Burial Puppet Copper Lamp

The Warring States Period (475 BC-221 BC)
High 66.4 cm
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Institute Of Cultural Relics Hidden In HeBei Province

Attention Hairstyle And Back . . .

The Origin Of The Japanese Kimono .

This Is Japanese's Naked Plagiarism .

Attention Hairstyle , Ice Cream Style .

The Ming Dynasty Tank.

Because Could Not Find The Cultural Relic, Therefore Has Used A Film Photo. This "Tank" Is Also QiJiGuang Leaning Theater Box Vehicle Which Makes In The Setose Thistle State. In Its Foundation's CheQiYing Tank Unit, Is Simply Is Similar To The Present Armored Fighting Vehicle Army: Che Unit Officers And Soldiers 3100, Buddha Bright Aerial Cannon 256,General Gun (Heavy Large-Caliber Gun) 8; Each CheYing Unit Has Combat Tank 128, Each Combat Tank Has Frank 2, The Bird Blunderbuss 4 Poles, The Rocket 4 People, Average Every 12 Soldiers Equips An Artillery, The Pre-Combat Time Flintlock Takes Turns To Fire May Not Stop All Day Long; Rides The Camp To Arrange The Officers And Soldiers Approximately 2700, The Equipment Has 60 Tigers To Squat The Artillery.

These Are Unable The Ancient Invention Which Explained With The General Knowledge!(1600BC—1046BC)
Shang Dynasty FuHao Grave Unearthed Trigeminy Joint YAN , Similar Present's Gas Burner. Unique Compound Cooking Utensils!

The Barbecue Grill Commonly Used Utensils.

1994-1995 Mt. ShiZiShan Chu King Grave Unearthed The 2nd Century B.C. High 16, Caliber 45.4 Centimeter The Copper Oven Circular, The Even Bath, The Flat Base, Abdomen Decorated With Four Beast Recompensed The Base Plate Of Old-Style Chinese Doorknocker, Lower Part Had Three Beastly Hoof Foot .

The Ming Dynasty Brushes.
It Is Looks Like Present's Pen .
Tattoos Tube

The Archaeologists The Treasured Sword Which Unearths In Qinshihuang Ling, Its Sword To The Present Sharp Incomparable, The Reason Was Above The Sword Front Has Covered Chromium, Sounded Not To Calculate Mysteriously, But Western Has Only Then Discovered The Chromium Until 1938!

The Three Kingdoms Era's Celadon Lunch Box . (AD220-280)

The Eastern Han Dynasty Glazed Pottery Grill . (AD25~220)

The Searching For Pearls Personnel, Have The Oxygen Mask To Have The Diver's Suit, The Picture Originate In The 17th Century The Process Of China Encyclopedia - "TianGongKaiWu / Heavenly Creations ".(AD1637)

Ancient Textile Technology Superb Today We Can Hardly Imagine That Han Dynasty MaWangDui's Famous Could Fit Into Matchbox's Gauze Clothes .

Qin Dynasty Duck Shape Lacquerware Spoon .(221BC-206BC)

The Warring States Period Refrigerator - - 1978 Unearthed Two Warring States ZengHouYi ChuMu Ice Cauldron . (475BC~221BC )

The Ming Dynasty Refrigerator. The Warring States Ice Cauldron Evolves Present's Appearance.

Mickey Mouse Hairstyle , And This Hand Gesture Looks Like Wonder Girls And "NOBODY" ....