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Taiwan launches mobile telecommunications system in Spratlys

2013/02/01 14:59:28

Taipei, Feb. 1 (CNA) Taiwan has launched a mobile telecommunications system on Taiping Island, the largest of the disputed Spratly island chain in the South China Sea.

The system, installed at a cost of NT$7 million, gives Taiwan coast guard personnel posted on the island access to mobile services, officials of Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom said Friday.

It also provides a service to boat crews operating in surrounding waters, the officials said.

Covering an area of 0.49 square kilometers, Taiping Island lies about 1,600 km southwest of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan.

Taiwan has posted more than 100 coast guard members on the island.

The Spratlys are believed to be rich in natural resources, including oil, and are also claimed by China, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei.

(By Chiang Ming-yen and Y.F. Low)