A bipartisan group of Taiwanese legislators headed for the South China Sea today to ‘defend’ the nation’s sovereignty. All of this is grandstanding and does nothing to protect Taiwan against external aggression.
Taiwan has insisted that Itu Aba Island, also known as Taiping Island, is qualified as an island instead of a rock. On March 23, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs invites multiple international media outlets to visit the island to promote Taiwan’s stance over the issue.
On January 28, President Ma Ying-jeou will visit Itu Aba Island in the South China Sea, also known as Taiping Island in Taiwan. The US is disappointed by the trip and says it is extremely unhelpful to the sensitive situation in the area. Vietnam’s representative in Taiwan also strongly protests against Ma’s trip.