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Military confirms organization of summer Nansha Camp

2012/06/12 21:40:26

Taipei, June 12 (CNA) The Ministry of National Defense confirmed Tuesday that it will organize a summer camp on Nansha Island, a program under its annual military summer camps.

The status of the Nansha Camp, to be held on Taiping Island, had previouly been uncertain due to tension over sovereignty in the South China Sea.

The camps are aimed at university students to let them gain a better understanding of the country's South China Sea policies, said Lisa Chi, head of the ministry's General Political Warfare Bureau's Cultural and Political Affairs Division.

The Nansha Camp this year is open to university students majoring in politics, foreign affairs, maritime ecology and environmental issues.

Out of the 10 different types of camps available this year, most people who registered to attend the summer camps operated by the ministry opted for the Kinmen military combat camp, parachute training camp and Penghu military combat camp, according to ministry statistics.

Most of the camps are only open to university and high school students, while two of them -- the armored vehicle experience camp and the scientific camp -- are open to junior high school students.

This year the ministry selected 2,910 people out of 7,341 who registered to take part in the annual camps.

The camps run July 2-27 on Taiwan proper and on the outlying islands of Nansha, Kinmen, Matsu and Penghu.

(By Chen Pei-huang and C.J. Lin)