The Commanders Respond: Republic of China Navy

The ROC is dedicated to continued stability in cross-strait relations, and the de-escalation of regional tensions. It is the best demonstration of Taiwan’s commitment and contribution to maintaining maritime security and stability in the region. 

ROC President Ma Ying-jeou proposed the “East China Sea Peace Initiative” in August 2012, which promotes “safeguarding sovereignty, shelving disputes, pursuing peace and reciprocity, and promoting joint development.” The ROC Navy has built up capabilities of rapid response in order to prepare for natural and man-made disasters. In 2013, the ROC Navy sent vessels to the South China Sea and Pacific for humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HA/DR) and search-and-rescue tasks. 

In the long run, the international efforts on HA/DR should become the cornerstone on which to build regional maritime cooperation. In particular, the Code of Unplanned Encounters at Sea should serve as an excellent channel for maritime communications in the region. Trust and cooperation can be expanded through these efforts. We must continue to solidify engagements, cooperation, and collaboration to secure regional stability. Asia-Pacific regional conflict is a zero-sum game. I firmly believe that preventing wars is better than winning the war but losing the peace.

 

 
 

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