TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan is willing to participate in any mediation and peaceful dispute resolution process in the South China Sea, Taiwanese officials said at a seminar in Vietnam on Friday (November 19th).
A staff member from Taiwan’s representative office in Hanoi attended the 13th International South China Sea Conference hosted by the Vietnam Diplomatic Academy from Nov. 18-19, CNA reported.
At the event, Taiwan defended its position on Taiping, describing it as an island that could be inhabited, rather than a reef, as the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague decided in 2016. The speaker from Taiwan stressed that the country had not been invited to participate in the arbitration process and did not share its findings.
Taiwan has nonetheless supported the peaceful settlement of disputes in the region under international law and is willing to participate in any negotiating framework, said Huang Tzu-chien (黃 子 綪), secretary of the Taiwan representative office.
The conference brought together 60 speakers from Vietnam and overseas, while nearly 100 foreign representatives based in the country also attended the event. Criticism of China has also been heard, with participants accusing the country of escalating tensions in the region, CNA reported.