By: You Kai-hsiang and Lilian Wu
Taipei, May 2 (CNA) Taiwan has not reinforced its deployment on Taiping Island, the largest of
the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) said Monday.
The CGA was responding to a report that Taiwan recently sent a “platoon” of about 30 Coast Guard officers to Taiping, all of whom are trained in the use of guns.
The Liberty Times said Monday that the move was aimed at cushioning the impact of the stepped-up military deployments of other countries in the disputed waters.
The CGA said in a statement Monday that it transferred some of its people stationed on the Pratas Islands to Taiping Island on Oct. 16 to support the opening of a new wharf there on Dec. 12. [FULL STORY]