Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Date: December 14, 2015
A lighthouse and wharf were inaugurated Dec. 12 on Taiping Island,
underscoring the commitment of the ROC government to protecting the nation’s territorial rights and maritime interests in the South China Sea, according to the Ministry of the Interior.
During the ceremony, MOI Minister Chen Wei-zen said the facilities are in keeping with the spirit of the South China Sea Peace Initiative proposed by President Ma Ying-jeou in May.
“This initiative reaffirms the longstanding principles of safeguarding sovereignty, shelving disputes, pursuing peace and reciprocity and promoting joint development,” Chen said.
Taiping, which boasts an abundance of natural resources and groundwater, is the largest naturally formed island of the Nansha (Spratly) Islands and located 1,600 kilometers southeast of Kaohsiung City. [FULL STORY]