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Taiwan navy prepares missions to contested waters: TAIPEI: Taiwan's navy said Tuesday it would not scrap schedul...

Taiwan navy prepares missions to contested waters: TAIPEI: Taiwan's navy said Tuesday it would not scrap schedul...

TAIPEI: Taiwan's navy said Tuesday it would not scrap scheduled patrol missions to disputed islands in the South China Sea, despite a flare-up of regional tensions in the contested waters. The routine missions, which take place at least three times a year, will bring a naval fleet to Taiwan-controlled Taiping, the biggest island in the Spratlys, and the Pratas archipelago. China also claims the islands. "The scheduled missions will go unchanged. Otherwise there won't be enough logistic supplies to the coastguards stationed there," a naval spokesman told AFP. He declined to specify the dates for the voyages. The United Evening News said the missions, backed up by the coastguard, normally take place in March, June and September. Taiwan's defence ministry said Sunday it might deploy missile boats in the South China Sea, as well as tanks on disputed islands as tensions mount o...

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