Former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) made a proposal for resolving the territorial dispute over the Diaoyutai Islands (釣魚台) during a visit to New York on Sunday, saying that all the claimants should agree not to develop the resources in the area.
She also suggested establishing a peace zone, extending 12 nautical miles (22.2km) from the Diaoyutais, within which no military or nuclear activities would be allowed.
Lu told Chinese-language media in New York that her ideas on the issue are similar to those presented by President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) in his East China Sea peace initiative last year, except that she does not think there should be any moves toward jointly developing the rich natural resources in the area.
Once such development starts, “national interests will definitely surface,” destroying any agreements, Lu said.
The Diaoyutais, known as the Senkaku Islands in Japan and the Diaoyu Archipelago (釣魚群島) in China, lie about 100 nautical miles northeast of Taiwan and are claimed by Taiwan, Japan and China.
Lu said she supports Ma’s peace initiative, in which he advocates shelving all sovereignty disputes over the East China Sea island chain until the claimants reach an acceptable and peaceful resolution.
She said the disputed area should be designated as a marine conservation zone that would serve as a natural marine park for future generations.
She is in New York on the second leg of a two-week visit to the US that began with a stop in Seattle, Washington.
Lu is scheduled to meet Taiwanese expatriates in New York and give speeches at the Council on Foreign Relations and the Universal Peace Federation on her vision for the development of the Asia-Pacific region.
Also on her itinerary was a meeting yesterday with Taiwanese-Canadian fashion designer Jason Wu (吳季剛), who shot to fame in 2009, when US first lady Michelle Obama wore one his designs at the presidential inaugural ball.
During the meeting, Lu is expected to invite Wu to design “an energy-efficient shirt with Taiwanese characteristics.”
It should be a functional shirt that would be comfortable to wear to work and would keep the wearer cool in the summer, she said.
With Wu’s reputation, such a shirt would not only help promote Taiwan in the international community, but also help save energy because it would reduce the need for heavy use of air conditioners in offices, Lu said.
The idea is part of her campaign for a nuclear-free homeland in Taiwan, she said.
Without completed infrastructure and training, the expedited sale of new F-16s from the US could become a burden rather than a help, a military official said yesterday. Reuters on Thursday last week reported that Washington is looking to accelerate the delivery of 66 new F-16C/D Block 70 aircraft in response to what it sees as increasing intimidation by Beijing. Under the terms of the original US$8 billion deal signed in 2019, the US is expected to deliver a single-seater and double-seater for testing next year, then deliver the 66 new aircraft in batches of four or five from 2024 to 2026. The officials
SLIGHTS: Beijing intends to display pro-unification messages and prominently feature Taiwanese volunteers in its propaganda videos, an official said Taiwanese officials are poised to boycott next month’s Beijing Winter Olympics, an official with knowledge of the matter said yesterday, citing concerns that China would slight Taiwan during the Games. This year’s Winter Olympics are scheduled to open on Friday next week amid a diplomatic boycott by Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Lithuania, New Zealand, the UK and the US in response to China’s human rights abuses against Uighurs in Xinjiang and crackdowns on democracy advocates in Hong Kong. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said that a Cabinet-appointed task force has determined that Taiwan’s delegation would abstain from the opening and
TRACING UNDER WAY: The CECC has identified six transmission chains among 25 recently confirmed COVID-19 cases, including those linked to a restaurant and a bank The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday reported 54 new COVID-19 infections — 44 imported and 10 local — and identified six transmission chains among local cases. Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center, said the imported cases are 18 who tested positive upon arrival at the airport and 26 who tested positive during quarantine. Of the local cases, seven are associated with a cluster infection at a Tasty Steak (西堤牛排) outlet in Taoyuan’s Zhongli District (中壢), one is linked to a family of four with COVID-19 reported on Monday, one is a family member of an
INCREASED COOPERATION: Part of the funding is to be used to further the aims of a Taiwan-US human resources development platform launched in 2015, a source said An increase of ￥100 million (US$878,765) to Japan’s annual foreign affairs budget is for “advancing the Japan-Taiwan relationship,” information published on the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Web site showed. The ministry’s budget for last year was ￥1.7 billion; it was increased to ￥1.8 billion for this year. The ministry wrote that the additional funding was to be used for “cooperating with allies and like-minded countries to safeguard the universal values of the international community.” Regarding Taiwan specifically, the ministry said that it was “responding to an increasingly complex security and economic environment,” and that it aimed to “strengthen diplomacy and cooperation