Live-fire exercise at Taiping Island does not endanger others: CGA
ROC Central News Agency
Taipei, Aug. 23 (CNA) Routine annual live-fire exercises carried out at Taiping Island in the Spratly Island chain in the South China Sea do not endanger the ships of other countries, the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) said Thursday.
The remark was made in response to Vietnam's opposition to an exercise carried out by Taiwan on Wednesday and Thursday in the area.
According to a Vietnam News Agency online report, Vice Spokesperson of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Phuong Tra stressed earlier Thursday that Vietnam "resolutely opposes" Taiwan's live-fire drills conducted in the area because it violates Vietnam's sovereignty, threatens navigation and aviation security, as well as safety in the region.
The live-fire drill was conducted during the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday as well as from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday, the CGA said.
It added that Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) had informed neighboring countries of the exercise.
Taiping Island, with an area of 0.51 square kilometer, is the largest naturally formed island in the Nansha (Spratly) Islands, and can sustain human habitation and economic life, according to MOFA.
The Executive Yuan and MOFA have repeatedly issued statements on numerous occasions reiterating that, whether from the perspective of history, geography, or international law, the Spratly Islands, Paracel Islands, Macclesfield Bank, Pratas Islands and surrounding waters are part of the Republic of China (Taiwan)'s territory.
(By William Yen)
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