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FRIDAY, April12, 2013
The Pacific Islands Society at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) invites media to cover an upcoming address by Dr. Lyushun Shen, the Taipei Representative Office’s top representative to the United Kingdom (UK), at the SOAS main building, located on Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London on Monday, April 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Dr. Shen will be discussing the Diaoyu Island dispute and its impact on regional security in the East China Sea. He will also be discussing Taiwan’s proposed East China Sea Peace Initiative and the future security of Pacific island nations.
The Diaoyu Islands (known as the Senkaku Islands in Japan) are a group of uninhabited islands controlled by the Japanese that have sparked international concern and tensions between China, Japan, and Taiwan. Japan and China both claim ownership of the islands– as does Taiwan, which the Chinese government agrees to under its insistence that Taiwan is also part of China.
Recent events, including the Japanese Coast Guard expulsion of a vessel carrying Taiwanese activists attempting to land on the islands in January and a recent Japanese-Taiwanese agreement to allow Taiwanese fishing access, have caused tensions to escalate. China has strongly denounced Japan’s agreement with Taiwan.
The East China Sea Peace Initiative calls on Japan and China to refrain from taking any antagonistic actions, shelve controversies and not abandon dialogue, observe international law and resolve disputes through peaceful means, seek consensus on a code of conduct in the East China Sea, and establish a mechanism for cooperation on exploring and developing resources in the East China Sea.
Dr. Shen’s talk will kick off the second half of the inaugural Ambassador Speaking Series presented by the Pacific Islands Society at SOAS. The series features senior diplomats from across the Asia-Pacific, including partners in the Pacific Island Forum (PIF) and other regional players. The series will continue with talks from representatives of China, the United States, and the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Media wishing to cover this event are asked to contact Pacific Islands Society Director of Marketing and Communications Miles McKenna, at +44 (0)77-6667-6558 or by email email@example.com.
WHO: Dr. Lyushun Shen, Representative to the United Kingdom, Taipei Representative’s Office
WHAT: The Diaoyu Island Dispute and Security in the Pacific
WHERE: SOAS Main Building, Room 116, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG
WEBSITE LINK: www.pacificislandssociety.org
WHEN: 6:30 – 8:30p.m., Monday, April 22, 2013
Eddie Walsh, President, Pacific Islands Society at SOAS; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Keiko Ono, Vice President, Pacific Islands Society at SOAS; Tel: +44 020 7898-4994, Email:email@example.com
About Dr. Lyushun Shen: Dr. Shen has been the top representative to the United Kingdom since December 2011. He was previously the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan from 2009-2011 and the top representative to the European Union and Belgium from 2008-2009. He has previously held a number of high ranking positions across the United States dating back to 1988. He has also written a number of books and scholarly articles, including
‘The Issue of US Arms Sales and Peking’s Policy toward Taiwan” and “Is Peking’s Claim over Taiwan Internationally Recognized.
About the Pacific Islands Society (PACSOC) at SOAS: PACSOC was founded in 2012 to provide Pacific Islanders and non-Pacific Islanders alike an opportunity to learn more about the region and celebrate its importance to Asia-Pacific studies. Based here at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), we are working with our partners and friends to expand and enrich the discourse on the region. Through our speaking series, cultural events, and annual campaigns, we bring together some of the region’s most influential minds to discuss the major political, economic, environmental, and social issues facing the Pacific Islands– all while celebrating the vibrant cultures that make the region so unique and valuable to the global community.
About the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies: SOAS is the only higher education institution in the UK specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. This places it at the forefront of academic scholarship on the current transformation of the Asia-Pacific. Highly specialized academic staff focusing on diplomacy, language studies, and regional expertise give SOAS unique insight into the key issues facing Asia, and the rest of the world. Democracy, development, human rights, identity, legal systems, poverty, religion, and social change are at the heart of SOAS’ academic disciplines and intellectual inquiry. This distinct academic focus makes SOAS an indispensable centre for analysing, understanding and explaining historic and emerging trends in our complex world.
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