By: Emerson Lim and Kuo Chung-han
Manila, May 29 (CNA) If the South China Sea Peace Initiative proposed by Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) is accepted, it could prove beneficial to China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei, said a columnist of the Manila Bulletin in an opinion piece on Friday.
The columnist Fred Lobo said the proposal could also be beneficial “to the United States which is protesting possible Chinese control of air and sea lanes” in the disputed sea.
Ma called on claimants of the South China Sea to shelve their disagreements on disputed territories and instead pursue negotiations on the joint development of resources in the initiative he presented in Taipei on Tuesday amid rising tensions in the region. [FULL STORY]