The delicate effort to chart a path toward stability in Asia.
Charting a path toward stability
The Star Tribune was right, in its Dec. 5 editorial, in saying diplomacy is the best instrument for dealing with the crisis provoked by China’s assertion of the right to control air traffic over disputed islands in East Asia. There should be no need for military force or intimidation to settle this conflict. For starters, since we advised civilian airlines to comply with Chinese demands and file flight plans with China, we should suggest the airlines send the same plans to Japan and South Korea, thereby avoiding the appearance of backing China’s claims to special status.
RICHARD VIRDEN, Plymouth
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Regarding the increased tension in the East China Sea region as a result of mainland China’s unilateral declaration of an air defense identification zone, the Republic of China (Taiwan) is concerned about these developments as the zones of both sides have overlapped. Mainland China’s move therefore is not helpful to cross-strait relations.
The mainland’s zone does not change Taiwan’s sovereignty over the Diaoyutai Islands. The ROC Ministry of National Defense will take appropriate actions to ensure the safety of our airspace and protect our fishermen and their lawful interests and activities.
The Dec. 5 editorial wisely called for the United States to focus on “finding new ways to engage China on collective threats that should unite the region.” Taiwan continues to urge all parties involved to exercise restraint as stated in the East China Sea Peace Initiative put forth by President Ma-Ying-jeou, encouraging dialogue, the observation of international law and the peaceful resolution of disputes thorough bilateral or multilateral negotiations. President Ma has called for the mainland not to establish the air defense identification zone in the South China Sea, further heating up the tension in the region.
This is the surest path to regional peace and stability.
BAUSHUAN GER, Chicago
The writer is director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago.
A few more reminders would be in order
“Too many drivers are just scraping by” (Dec. 10) was a good reminder. In addition to your personal vehicle, let’s not forget to de-ice and de-snow the business fleet, including roofs not easily reached. A huge chunk of icy snow flew off the top of a semitrailer truck and struck my windshield. I’m not a math or science whiz, so maybe someone can figure out the effects of a 30-pound ice chunk traveling at 55 miles per hour.
SUSAN HEGARTY, Apple Valley
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