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Taiwan denies plan to hold anti-terror meet in South China Sea

ROC Central News Agency

2011/05/05 22:12:27

Taipei, May 5 (CNA) A presidential spokesman denied Thursday that the government will hold an international anti-terrorism meeting on Taiping islet in the South China Sea.

Fan Chiang Tai-chi said the idea of holding such a conference on the tiny Taiwan-controlled islet is no more than just a proposal by some academics, about which the government has not made any decision.

Fan Chiang was responding to an Asia Week magazine report that Taiwan will station marines on the islet and that Taiwan will hold an international meeting on anti-terrorism there in May.

The report, carried in the magazine's latest issue, said President Ma Ying-jeou will participate in the meeting in a gesture to illustrate Taiwan's sovereignty over the area.

The disputed area is also claimed by China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia. (By Lee Shu-hua and S.C. Chang) ENDITEM/J



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