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President to hold teleconferences with coast guard in South China Sea

ROC Central News Agency

2012/09/07 13:55:41

Taipei, Sept. 7 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou will hold videoconferences with the Coast Guard Administration's (CGA's) command center and its outposts in Taiwan-controlled islands in the South China Sea when he visits Pengjia Islet on Friday, CGA sources said.

It will be Ma's first visit to Pengjia, which lies 33 nautical miles off Taiwan's northernmost tip and 76 nautical miles (140-plus km) west of the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea.

During his visit, Ma will lay out the details of his "East China Sea Peace Initiative," a five-point plan to resolve the sovereignty dispute over the Tiaoyutais, which are now under control of Japan but are also claimed by Taiwan and China.

In addition, Ma will hold videoconferences with the CGA command center and the agency's outposts in Dongsha Islands -- the largest island chain in the South China Sea. He will also speak with coast guard officers on Taiping, the largest islet in the Spratly Island chain in the area.

On his tour of the islet, Ma will inspect a weather observation station and a Coast Guard Administration outpost and visit a century-old lighthouse, Fan Chiang said.

A group of lawmakers from the ruling and opposition parties and journalists had already arrived on Pengjia Islet earlier in the day.

(By Kelven Huang and Sofia Wu)
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