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DPP will not renounce Taiping Island sovereignty: chairwoman

DPP will not renounce Taiping Island sovereignty: chairwoman

Taipei, May 26 (CNA) Opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (???) said in Tainan Tuesday that the party will not give up Taiwan's claims of sovereignty over Taiping Island, located in the Spratly Islands (????) in the South China Sea. Tsai said her party insists on a peaceful solution to territorial disputes in the South China Sea according to international law. She told the media before delivering a speech at Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science in the southern municipality that she does not understand why it has been called into question that the DPP might abandon Republic of China sovereignty over Taiping Island if it is returned to power. The DPP will not renounce the territorial claims and insists that maritime territorial disputes and sovereignty issues among all concerned parties in the South China Sea be peacefully solved according to international law, particularly the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, Tsai said. The party even advocates the right of free navigation on the high seas and is intolerant of any provocation in this regard, the DPP chairwoman added. Taiping Island, with a land area of 0.5 square km, is the largest island among the Spratlys. It is now under Taiwan's control. (By Yang Sz-ruei and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-22 14:56 GMT+08:00