Taiwan’s Ma Ying-jeou to visit South China Sea island

Active Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou is to visit a questioned island in the South China Sea on Thursday.

Taiwan guarantees the island – which it calls Taiping but at the same time is known as Itu Aba – in the Spratly archipelago, a chain additionally asserted by China and different neighbors.

Mr Ma, why should seen be agreeable towards China, has under four months left in his administration.

Approaching president Tsai Ing-wen won’t send an agent on the outing.

China asserts a large portion of the South China Sea, including the Spratly Islands. It likewise considers Taiwan to be a breakaway territory that will in the long run be brought together with the terrain.

A few or the greater part of the Spratly Islands and their encompassing waters are additionally guaranteed by Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.

“The Taiping Island is an intrinsic part of the Republic of China’s domain,” said presidential representative Charles Chen, utilizing the official name for Taiwan.

He said the motivation behind the trek was to visit Taiwanese staff based there, in front of the Lunar New Year occasion.

Mr Ma will address columnists at a question and answer session after his excursion, he included.

The representative for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office which handles cross-straits relations, said accordingly that China had an “undisputable power” over islands in the South China Sea.

“Securing the privileges of the nation and keeping its region entire, ensuring the privileges of the Chinese, are the common obligations and obligations of China and Taiwan,” said Ma Xiaoguang.

Taiwan has been working up a vicinity on Itu Aba/Taiping, building a beacon and overhauling a port. The biggest characteristic island in the Spratly chain, it likewise has its own particular airstrip and a doctor’s facility.

It is currently the fourth greatest island generally in chain, after China’s territory recovery exercises on Mischief Reef, Fiery Cross Reef and Subi Reef, said Taiwan’s coastguard a year ago.

Around 180 individuals live on the island which saw its last presidential visit in 2008, the majority of them coastguard work force.

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