Want China Times
Taiwan’s ongoing construction on Taiping Island in the South China Sea is for the
purposes of humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and environmental protection, a Taiwanese foreign affairs official said Thursday.
Facilities being built on Taiping and the deployment of the Taiwanese coast guard to the Taiwan-controlled island are for humanitarian assistance and environmental protection purposes, not to strengthen the country’s military presence in the disputed region, said Christine Hsueh, director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department of North American Affairs, at a news briefing.
Her remarks came in response to questions on the United States’ recent call for a halt to reclamation, construction and aggressive actions that could further heighten tensions in the South China Sea. [FULL STORY]