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Tsai visit to Itu Aba possible: ministry

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By Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter

The government would stand firm on its claims, Lee said, adding that it would continue to adhere to the stance illustrated by the “Location Map of the South China Sea Islands” drawn up by the Republic of China government in 1947.

Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺) dismissed a report published by the Chinese-language United Evening News that quoted an anonymous source as saying the office has arranged for Tsai to make a trip to Itu Aba.

“Information in this report is inaccurate and was not verified before publication,” Huang said. “With regard to whether the president will visit Itu Aba, there is no such arrangement at the moment, but we do not rule out the possibility in the future.”

Tsai did not respond when asked by reporters to confirm the report on the sidelines of a meeting of the DPP’s Central Standing Committee yesterday afternoon.

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