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U.S. Congresswoman recognizes Taiping Island facility upgrades

U.S. Congresswoman recognizes Taiping Island facility upgrades

Washington, Dec. 15 (CNA) Taiwan's recent upgrades to facilities on Taiping Island have won recognition from U.S. Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo, who said on Tuesday that the move will improve Taiwan- U.S. collaboration.

The construction helps to further enhance the island as a location where the U.S. and Taiwan can better coordinate scientific research on climate change and other ocean issues in the South China Sea, said Bordallo.

Bordallo, who is also a member of the Subcommittee on Readiness in the U.S. House Committee on Armed Services, thanked President Ma Ying-jeou and the people of Taiwan for upholding peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.

"In particular, I appreciate the efforts of President Ma to advocate for his South China Sea Peace Initiative effort to address disputes over the sovereignty of islands in the South China Sea," she said.

"I think the tenets of his initiative are consistent with a peaceful approach to address concerns by all parties concerned," according to the congresswoman.

According to the Interior Ministry, Taiwan is declaring to the international community that it plans to transform Taiping into an island of peace, ecological preservation and low carbon emissions and will help realize President Ma Ying-jeou's "South China Sea Peace Initiative" broached this May.

The peace initiative is based on the principles of "setting aside sovereignty issues" and "jointly developing resources." (By Tony Liao and Lee Hsin-Yin)

Updated : 2021-09-24 21:30 GMT+08:00