B:y Hsieh Chia-chen, Tai Ya-chen and S.C. Chang
Taipei, March 22 (CNA) Media representatives of 10 foreign media outlets will
have a chance to see for themselves that Taiping Island in the South China Sea is not a reef, as has been claimed, but a natural island, officials said Tuesday.
The media outlets are CNN, Al-Jazeera TV, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times of London, the Associated Press, Agence France Presse, Reuters, Bloomberg, Kyodo News Agency and the Yomiuri Shimbun.
Most of them have repeatedly asked for a chance to visit the island, which has been under Republic of China administration since 1946. Foreign Minister David Lin had previously expressed hope that the trip could be arranged by the end of this month.
Early Wednesday, the media representatives will fly from Taipei to Pingtung in southern Taiwan, where they will take a special flight that is scheduled to arrive at the island’s airport at 11 a.m. [FULL STORY]