By: Tai Ya-chen and S.C. Chang
Taipei, Nov. 2 (CNA) The Executive Yuan said Monday that it will take all necessary steps to defend the Republic of China’s sovereignty and maritime rights over its territorial islands in the South China Sea.
The Cabinet’s statement was Taiwan’s latest response to a ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Netherlands last week that it has jurisdiction to hear a Philippines complaint against China.
In the complaint, the Philippines argued that China’s “nine-dashed line” territorial claim over South China Sea waters is unlawful under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. [FULL STORY]