By Elaine Hou
Taipei, May 26 (CNA) A group of Taiwanese students and teachers returned to Taiwan on Tuesday after a visit to Taiping Island in the Spratly Islands that was aimed at asserting Taiwan’s territorial claim to the disputed South China Sea area.
Accompanied by two teachers, a total of 18 graduate students from Ming Chuan and Nanhua universities traveled on a Lafayette-class frigate to take part in a camp on Taiping, also known as Itu Aba, said the Ministry of National Defense, which organized the trip as part of its national defense education efforts.
During the May 18-26 visit, the group held a flag-raising ceremony on Taiping, cleaned up the beaches, and paid respects to the coast guard and military personnel posted there, the ministry said. [FULL STORY]