By: Elaine Hou
Taipei, July 7 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said Tuesday that the Republic of China government will “staunchly defend” its sovereignty over Taiping Island in the South China Sea and every right held by the country under international law.
Citing international documents such as the Cairo Declaration, the Potsdam Declaration and the Japanese Instrument of Surrender, Ma said that the ROC regained sovereignty over islands in the South China Sea after the end of the World War II in 1945.
Since then, the ROC government has built infrastructure on islands in the region, including Taiping Island, Ma said while speaking at an international conference marking the ROC’s victory in its war of resistance against Japanese invasion during World War II. [FULL STORY]