Students visit Itu Aba to demonstrate nation’s soft power

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 30, 2017
By: Staff writer, with CNA

Seventeen graduate and doctoral students from three universities on Friday concluded a nine-day seminar, organized by the Ministry of National Defense on how Taiwan defends its territory in the disputed South China Sea.

Conducted mostly on Itu Aba (Taiping Island, 太平島), the students studied the government’s South China Sea military strategy and how sovereignty is defined under international law, the ministry said.

The students, accompanied by three lecturers, on April 20 sailed to Itu Aba on a La Fayette-class frigate, which was on a naval patrol mission to the South China Sea, the ministry said.

The group visited 11 sites, including a well, a farm and ruins of buildings built by the Aboriginals who once lived there.    [FULL  STORY]

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