Leasing Taiping Island to U.S. ‘fake news’: think tank

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/06/29
By: Elaine Hou and Flor Wang)

Taipei, June 29 (CNA) A report that Taiwan was considering the idea of leasing

CNA file photo

Taiping Island to the United States was “fake news” that could mislead the public, a Taipei-based think tank said Friday.

Spreading such groundless information could affect the public’s understanding of the matter, the Institute for National Defense and Security Research (INDSR) said in a statement, and it urged the media to verify the facts before making such a report.

The INDSR, affiliated to the Ministry of National Defense, was launched in May to study China’s military. Former Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) is serving as its first chairman.

According to the statement, Feng while serving as defense minister repeatedly denied the rumor at legislative hearings while answering questions from lawmakers.

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