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Vietnam concerned about Taiwan's work on Taiping island
Central News Agency
2014-07-14 11:15 PM
Hanoi, July 14 (CNA) Vietnamese media has expressed concern over a report that a pier is currently being built by Taiwan on Taiping Island, the largest of the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea, is likely to be completed before the scheduled date in late 2015. Veexpress.net and other Vietnamese news websites reported the news and said it could make the situation in the South China Sea even more complex. The media cited Taiwan's official news agency, CNA, as saying that the production of the 11 caissons needed for the project is progressing faster than expected. As a result, the caissons will be shipped to Taiping Island in November, seven months ahead of schedule. When it is completed, the pier will be able to accommodate 3,000-ton naval frigates and Coast Guard cutters. The reports described Taiping -- called Ba Binh in Vietnam -- as the largest island in the Spratly Islands and part of Vietnam's territory that is "being illegally occupied by Taiwan with military personnel stationed there." Taiwan, in fact, has deployed Coast Guard officers rather than military personnel on Taiping Island. Vietnam has repeatedly asked Taiwan to stop its improvements to Taiping's runway and pier to prevent the situation in the South China Sea from becoming more complex, the reports said. The Vietnamese government had yet to make any official response as of Monday afternoon. (By Lilian Wu)
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