By: Tai Ya-chen and Lilian Wu
Taipei, Jan. 30 (CNA) The Republic of China (Taiwan) has held Taiping
Island, the largest island in the Spratly Islands, for more than 60 years and has never had a military conflict with another country in the South China Sea, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Saturday.
Taiwan has also never obstructed the freedom of other countries to navigate in the South China Sea’s waters or to fly over the area in accordance with the international law, the ministry said.
The ministry’s remarks came after the USS Curtis Wilbur, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, sailed within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island Saturday afternoon Taiwan time.
Triton Island is part of the Paracel Islands, an archipelago claimed by Taiwan, China and Vietnam. [FULL STORY]