Taiwan warns that China is building huge military bases on three islands off its coast

Taiwan's foreign minister said there is no doubt that the islands belong to Taiwan and that the government will defend its sovereignty over them.

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Illustration, Photo: Reuters
Illustration, Photo: Reuters
Disclaimer: The translations are mostly done through AI translator and might not be 100% accurate.

Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu announced today that China is building huge military bases on three islands located very close to Taiwan's territorial waters, reports Reuters.

Both China and Taiwan claim much of the South China Sea, but Taiwan controls only one islet in the disputed Spratly Islands in the southern part of the sea, called Itu Aba, which Taiwan calls Taiping.

"China has already built huge military bases in the South China Sea on three islands surrounding our Taiping and all of them are quite close to our territory," Wu said.

Taiwan's foreign minister said there is no doubt that the islands belong to Taiwan and that the government will defend its sovereignty over them. "As the dispute continues to intensify, we in Taiwan must consider how to use peaceful means to resolve the South China Sea issue without letting others think that we are the troublemakers," he added.

According to him, Taiwan will use the "best way" to demonstrate its sovereignty over Itu Ab.

There is an airstrip on Taiping or Itu Alba long enough to land supply planes from Taiwan, but it is less well defended compared to nearby Chinese islands and bases.

In recent years, China has built a series of military bases on islands in the South China Sea, causing concern in the region and the international community.

China claims that it has every right to build and defend what it considers its territory. Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei claim other parts of the South China Sea and are in dispute with China and Taiwan.

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