Although standing firmly on the moral high ground in the matter
of the East China Sea Peace Initiative, President Ma Ying-jeou still
requires innovative ideas and persistency to be effective in implementing
it as a result of Taiwan’s limited diplomatic strength and military
capability. Practical operational principles should include: soft issues
before hard ones, easy tasks before difficult ones, bilateral before
multilateral dialogue, and non-governmental before official exchanges.
The primary goal is to keep discussion of the East China Sea Peace
Initiative alive and active, so as to enhance Taiwan’s visibility in
regional and international arenas.
Implementation of the East China Sea Peace Initiative should be
seen as a long-term task involving patience, skill, determination,
persistency, inclusiveness, and consistently well-calculated application
of “smart” powers among all parties concerned in the region. Taiwan is committed to facilitating and contributing to regional peace and
stability as expressed through the East China Sea Peace Initiative.
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