Fri, Jan 29, 2016 - Page 1 News List

Ma touts peace on Taiping Island visit

SOVEREIGNTY:The president reiterated the nation’s claim over Itu Aba Island, while expounding on a roadmap to settle disputes in the South China Sea

By Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter

The island is home to 106 indigenous plant species, several animal species, a variety of sources of food, and a 10-bed hospital manned by two physicians, a dentist and three nurses, he said.

“All this evidence fully demonstrates that Taiping Island can sustain human habitation and an economic life of its own. It is not a rock, but an island, and meets the criteria for an island as specified in Article 121 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea,” he added.

Ma arrived back in Taipei at about 5:40pm.

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