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Lawmakers, reporters land on Pengjia Islet

ROC Central News Agency

2012/09/07 14:17:41

Pengjia Islet, Sept. 7 (CNA) A group of ruling Kuomintang lawmakers landed on Pengjia Islet Friday, ahead of President Ma Ying-jeou's arrival on the isle near the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea.

The lawmakers, including included caucus whip Wu Yu-sheng and his colleagues Chiang Chi-chen, Timothy Wang, Yang Chiung-ying and Lee Ching-hua, flew to Pengjia Islet on a helicopter.

Meanwhile, a separate media delegation arrived roughly at the same time via a Coast Guard vessel.

Ma is scheduled to lay out a detailed plan during his Pengjia visit to realize his "East China Sea Peace Initiative," which he proposed Aug. 5 amid escalating tensions among neighboring countries over the uninhabited Tiaoyuatais claimed by Taiwan, China and Japan. The islands are presently controlled by Japan.

He will also answer reporters' questions on the initiative.

Pengjia Islet is situated just over 30 nautical miles north of Keelung and 76 nautical miles west of the Tiaoyutais.

(By Kelven Huang and Elizabeth Hsu)

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