By: Tai Ya-chen and Frances Huang
Taipei, Jan. 8 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) reiterated Friday that Taiwan has adopted an initiative to resolve the sovereignty disputes in the South China Sea peacefully while maintaining its sovereignty claim over the area.
The MOFA’s comments came after a letter by U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to Republican Senator John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, cited Taiwan as one of the countries claiming sovereignty over the disputed islands in the South China Sea.
In October, the U.S. Navy sent the USS Lassen destroyer within 12 nautical miles of artificial islands in the Spratly archipelago built by China. [FULL STORY]