Newspaper article China Post

MND to Consult CGA on Taiping Wharf

Newspaper article China Post

MND to Consult CGA on Taiping Wharf

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) yesterday said it will consult with the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) on a project to expand a wharf on a Taiwan-controlled island in the South China Sea.

Asked by a lawmaker to comment on the CGA's plan to expand its Taiping Island wharf to accommodate larger vessels, Deputy Defense Minister Andrew Yang ([...]) said the MND has yet to propose that the upgraded be big enough to allow larger military vessels to dock.

"But we will continue to work with the CGA and make further evaluations," he noted.

Yang made the remarks when asked by Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Lin Yu-fang ([...]) to comment on if the Defense Ministry proposed to the CGA that the new Taiping wharf be large enough to dock 500- to 1,000-ton naval patrol vessels.

"I believe expansion of the wharf to (allow it to) dock military vessels is necessary in case military conflict were to break out in the South China Sea," Lin said during a question-and-answer session in the Legislature's Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee. …

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