“Taiwan has long been trying to frame itself as a regional peacemaker in the South China Sea dispute,” said Jonathan Spangler, director of the Taipei-based South China Sea Think Tank. “Humanitarian and search-and-rescue operations near Itu Aba would be a logical next step in backing up that political rhetoric with action.”

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From interview transcript:

“Taiwan has long been trying to frame itself as a regional peacemaker in the South China Sea dispute. Humanitarian and search-and-rescue operations near Itu Aba would be a logical next step in backing up that political rhetoric with action. Whether or not its efforts will be misunderstood or misconstrued by rival claimants or the media is difficult to predict, so Taipei will have to carefully ensure that its operations are transparent and neighboring countries are informed in advance of its plans.”