Taiwan's outgoing president to visit South China Sea island
Jan 27, Taipei: Outgoing President of Taiwan Ma Ying-jeou is to visit a disputed island in the South China Sea on Thursday to reassert Taiwan's claim to Taiping Island.
Taiwan claims the island - whiTaiwan's Ma Ying-jeou to go to South China Sea islandch it calls Taiping but is also known as Itu Aba - in the Spratly archipelago, a chain also claimed by China and other neighbours, media reports said.
The visits also expected to reiterate his call for all claimants to resolve this issue by shelving territorial claims and jointly exploring and sharing the area's resources.
Ma, who is seen to be friendly towards China, has less than four months left in his presidency.
Incoming president Tsai Ing-wen will not send a representative on the trip.
China claims most of the South China Sea, including the Spratly Islands. It also sees Taiwan as a breakaway province that will eventually be reunited with the mainland.
Some or all of the Spratly Islands and their surrounding waters are also claimed by Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.
The Oslo Times