Taiwan does not recognize Beijing's South China Sea rules: MAC
Central News Agency
2014-01-08 11:29 PM
Taipei, Jan. 8 (CNA) Taiwan does not recognize regulations unilaterally announced by China over territories it claims in the South China Sea, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Wednesday.

The comment follows an announcement the same day that China will reinforce its policing powers in the disputed sea, claiming the right to board, inspect and detain any foreign vessels that do not follow its rules. That includes boats that enter or stop in the area without permission.

The MAC said that Taiwan does not accept China's regulations and views the major island groups and waters of the region as the long-standing territory of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

The council called on China and "other relevant countries" in the region to respect Taiwanese ships operating in the area. The South China Sea is claimed by several countries in the region and consists of several island groups: the Spratly (Nansha) Islands, Paracel (Xisha) Islands, Pratas (Dongsha) Islands and Macclesfield Bank (Zhongsha Islands).

The ROC government in Taiwan controls Taiping Island, also called Itu Aba, the largest island in the Spratly chain. (By Scarlett Chai and Elizabeth Hsu)

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