Foreign ministry spokesperson Andrew Lee says Taiwan should be included in mechanisms for dialogue concerning the South China Sea.
Lee was speaking Tuesday, a day after the announcement that China and ASEAN member nations are to begin discussions about a set of guidelines for behavior in the South China Sea.
Lee said that Taiwan is pleased to see parties to territorial disputes in the area hold peaceful dialogue.
Lee reiterated Taiwan’s sovereignty claim to the islands and surrounding waters in the South China Sea, but said Taiwan hopes to work together with other countries in the region on South China Sea issues.
China claims almost the entirety of the South China Sea. Taiwan makes a broadly similar claim. Other claimants to the sea’s islands and reefs include the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei and Malaysia.