DPP¡¦s Su tells Ma to
stand up to China
By Lai Hsiao-tung / Staff reporter, with CNA
An air defense identification zone is an important line defining national
sovereignty and national security, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman
Su Tseng-chang (Ä¬s©÷) said yesterday as he called on President Ma Ying-jeou (°¨^¤E)
to stand up to China.
His comments came following China¡¦s demarcation on Saturday of an East China Sea
air defense identification zone (ADIZ) that includes the disputed Diaoyutai
The Diaoyutais, called the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyu Archipelago in
China, lie about 120 nautical miles (220km) northeast of Taipei and are also
claimed by Taiwan and Japan.
China¡¦s unilateral declaration of the ADIZ, which includes the Diaoyutais and
verges on Taiwan¡¦s Pengjia Islet (´^¨ÎÀ¬), is a strong act of provocation toward
Taiwan and Japan, said Su, saying it is a ploy for China to increase its
¡§If a national leader cannot stand firm and present a strong position, Taiwan is
in danger of other nations trampling its sovereignty,¡¨ Su said. ¡§The Diaoyutais
belong to Taiwan and we cannot allow it to be harmed by any means that are
dictatorial, unreasonable or damaging to regional peace and stability.¡¨
The Ma administration later on Saturday held a National Security Council (NSC)
meeting, which was attended by heads of the ministries of national defense,
foreign affairs, the interior and the Mainland Affairs Council.
After the meeting, the NSC issued a statement saying Taiwan will stay in close
contact with other concerned countries to ensure stability and peace in the
region, calling for peaceful dialogue to deal with regional disputes and avoid
The Republic of China (ROC) government reiterates and continues to safeguard its
sovereignty over the Diaoyutais, the statement said.
¡§That stance will not be changed by China¡¦s announcement of the East China Sea
ADIZ,¡¨ it said.
Taiwan¡¦s military will take measures to ensure the safety of ROC airspace under
the principle of peaceful resolution, the NSC said, referring to Ma¡¦s proposed
East China Sea peace initiative in August last year, which calls on all parties
concerned to exercise restraint and address the dispute by peaceful means.