Taiwan to expand military presence in South China Sea amid tensions

18-May-2012 Intellasia | Focus Taiwan | 7:01 AM Print This Post

Taipei, May 16 (CNA) Taiwan is preparing to increase its military deployment on Taiping Island in the disputed South China Sea amid growing tensions in the area, an official said Wednesday.

“We are preparing to deploy to Taiping multi-functional patrol boats of more than six tonnes, which are expected to be completed in late July,” said Huang Shih-wei, director of Coast Guard Administration (CGA), adding that there are currently 2.5-tonne boats in service near the island.

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