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Taiwan denies plan to hold anti-terror meet in South China Sea

2011/05/05 22:12:27

Taipei, May 5 (CNA) A presidential spokesman denied Thursday thatthe government will hold an international anti-terrorism meeting onTaiping islet in the South China Sea.

Fan Chiang Tai-chi said the idea of holding such a conference onthe tiny Taiwan-controlled islet is no more than just a proposal bysome academics, about which the government has not made any decision.

Fan Chiang was responding to an Asia Week magazine report thatTaiwan will station marines on the islet and that Taiwan will hold aninternational meeting on anti-terrorism there in May.

The report, carried in the magazine's latest issue, saidPresident Ma Ying-jeou will participate in the meeting in a gestureto illustrate Taiwan's sovereignty over the area.

The disputed area is also claimed by China, Vietnam, thePhilippines and Malaysia.

(By Lee Shu-hua and S.C. Chang)
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