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Taiwan mulls extending runway in Spratlys

Monday, July 16, 2012

Taiwan mulls extending runway in Spratlys

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  • Monday, 16 July 2012

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Taiwan is considering extending the runway on the contested Spratly Island in a move that could provoke fresh tensions in the heavily disputed South China Sea, media reported yesterday.

If approved, the project would extend by 500 meters the runway on Taiping Island, the largest in the disputed waters and some 1,376 kilometers from Taiwan, the Liberty Times said.

“The national security authorities lately convened a meeting to evaluate the proposal as the situation in the South China Sea has been getting ever complicated,” it cited an unnamed national security source as saying.

Tensions in the South China Sea have risen recently, with China and the Philippines locked in a maritime dispute over the Scarborough Shoal, a reef off the Philippine coast.

The runway, currently 1,150 meters long, was built in 2006 despite protests from other countries with claims in the potentially oil-rich area, including the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, China and Malaysia..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribune.net.ph/index.php/headlines/item/1612-taiwan-mulls-extending-runway-in-spratlys

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