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Ad in US news highlights Taiwan role

WASHINGTON -- The Republic of China (Taiwan) government placed an advertisement in a U.S. newspaper Friday to highlight the important role played by Taiwan in the Asia-Pacific region and the peaceful purpose of Taiping Island, the largest of the disputed Spratly Islands controlled by Taiwan in the South China Sea.

The full-page ad in the Washington Times says the R.O.C. is the only democracy in the ethnic Chinese world and plays the role of a peace creator in the region. The R.O.C. is also very important to the U.S. economy and to the global supply chain, the ad says.

The ad also contains a photo of Taiping Island and of a newly constructed lighthouse on the island, along with the peace initiative proposed by Taiwan for resolving the South China Sea territorial dispute.

Shen Lyushun, Taiwan's representative to the United States, said the purpose of the ad was to tell people that Taiping Island is a naturally formed island that can not only claim 12-nautical-mile territorial waters but also an exclusive economic zone stretching 200 nautical miles.

In this case, the total marine territory around Taiping would be 126,000 nautical square miles, he said. On the possibility of President Ma Ying-jeou's visit to Taiping Island and Washington's position on the issue, Shen said Taiwan and the United States maintain very good communication on various issues and that the U.S. government respects Taiwan's sovereignty over and position on Taiping Island.

He stressed that Taiwan is different from China, which has built man-made islands in the South China Sea.

He said the wharf and runway renovation projects on Taiping Island have only expanded the island's area from 0.49 square kilometers to 0.51 square kilometers and do not involve any reclamation work.

1 Comment
January 3, 2016    jkay@
Can the government of Taiwan really be ignorant of the nature of the Washington Times? First, the founder and owner of that paper is the Unification Church, a fraud operation of Reverend Sun Mung Moon who spent time in a Federal prison on fraud and tax evasion.

The people of Taiwan should be embarrassed to be represented in that miserable excuse of a newspaper. The executive editor has been documented by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a member of several vicious hate groups and he regularly invites his wife (who has a different family name) to write editorials without disclosing she is his wife. She too has been documented by the Southern Poverty Law Center as being a member of multiple vicious hate groups.

Taiwan deserves better than this!
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