Island or Rock? Taiwan Defends Its Claim in South China Sea

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ITU ABA, South China Sea — The largest natural feature of the Spratly Islands, the hotly disputed archipelago in the South China Sea, is a forested, sun-drenched oval of land, cleaved by a single runway that gives the place the appearance of a raw coffee bean floating in…

  • Steven Lee Myers
  • The New York Times

Called Itu Aba, it is occupied not by China, which has aggressively asserted its territorial claims in the sea, but by its archrival, the self-governing democracy of Taiwan.

Stre 6fThe two broadly agree that there is a historical Chinese stake in the South China Sea, but they diverge radically over how to exercise stewardship over…

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