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China’s ADIZ not connected to sovereignty: Ma

CONSEQUENCES:The Ministry of Foreign Affairs dodged questions about the Civil Aeronautics Administration’s decision to abide by new rules on airspace set by China

By Chris Wang and Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporters, with CNA

If Ma did not meet this demand, the TSU would take action on its own, Huang said.

Huang’s statement came one day after the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) demanded the Ma administration lodge a protest against Beijing’s move and maintain close contact with its allies. The DPP said Taiwan’s fighter jets and naval vessels in its own ADIZ must not be affected by China’s announcement.

While Ma has boasted about “the best cross-strait relations in decades” during his time in office, Beijing never consulted Taiwan about the ADIZ, Huang said.

Ma’s diplomatic strategy of working with China to counter the Japan-US alliance was a mistake, he said.

China’s unilateral demarcation was part of a “gradual annexation” that keeps pushing the envelope and should alert the public not to ignore its malicious intentions, he said.

Beijing’s redrawing of the ADIZ has jeopardized peaceful development in Asia, regional stability in Northeast Asia as well Taiwan’s security and sovereignty, Huang said, adding that as the president, Ma could not afford to sit around and do nothing about China’s political maneuvering.

Additional reporting by Shelley Shan

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