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Taiwan claims runway ?not for military use?

04-Jan-2006 Intellasia | 30/Dec/2005 CNA | 7:54 AM

Taiwan has made it clear to Vietnam that its construction of a runway on an island in the South China Sea is not for military purposes, Michel Lu, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Friday December 30.
Lu said Taiwan’s representative to Hanoi, Huang Ju-li, had relayed this message to the Vietnamese foreign ministry Thursday afternoon, adding that the runway on Taiping Island, which is an islet of the Spratly Islands, is meant for medical airlift purposes and for the defense of Taiwan’s waterways.
He made the remarks in response to a statement issued earlier in the day by the Vietnam foreign ministry, in which Hanoi asked Taiwan to stop building the runway, calling it a violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty.
The Spratly Islands are claimed by Vietnam, Brunei, China, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan.


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