Date: January 28, 2016
ROC President Ma Ying-jeou completed a one-day trip to Taiping Island
(Itu Aba) Jan. 28 in the South China Sea, wishing stationed personnel glad tidings for the Lunar New Year holiday and reaffirming the nation’s sovereignty over the island.
“Whether from the perspective of history, geography or international law, it is indisputable that the Nansha [Spratly], Shisha [Parcel], Chungsha [Macclesfield Bank] and Tungsha [Pratas] islands, as well as their surrounding waters, are inherent parts of the territory of the ROC,” Ma said.
“Building on the pragmatic approach shaped by the South China Sea Peace Initiative I proposed in May 2015, the ROC government will work to safeguard sovereignty, shelve disputes, pursue peace and prosperity, and promote joint development in this region.” [FULL STORY]