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Taiwan not sending ammunition to Taiping Island: defense minister

ROC Central News Agency

2016/06/07 19:58:25

Taipei, June 7 (CNA) Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) said Tuesday that the military will ship ammunition to the Pratas Islands and not Taiping Island in the Spratly archipelago.

Feng was speaking during a question-and-answer session in the Legislative Yuan to clarify a statement he made a day earlier in which he said the military will ship 40,000 rounds of ammunition for 40 mm guns to Taiping Island between late June and early July.

Feng admitted that he made "two mistakes" when speaking to lawmakers at the Legislature's Foreign and National Defense Committee on Monday.

First, it was unnecessary to disclose the exact amount of ammunition to be shipped. Second, the destination of the shipment is the Pratas Islands, not Taiping Island, he said.

The Pratas Islands is 444 km southwest of Kaohsiung, and Taiping Island is 1,600 km south of Taiwan.

Also, he said, the ammunition is intended for various types of weaponry, not just the 40 mm guns.

He stressed that the shipment is merely a routine resupply and that Taiwan has not increased its military deployment in either the Pratas Islands or the Spratly Islands.

(By Justin Su and Y.F. Low)

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