Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou gestures from a US-made naval destroyer during a drill at sea in September. Photo: AFP
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou gestures from a US-made naval destroyer during a drill at sea in September. Photo: AFP

Taiwan considers permanent armed ships to patrol disputed Spratly island

Taipei announces it is considering deploying armed naval vessels to South China Sea island it calls Itu Aba, also known as Tai Ping, in move likely to irritate other claimants in the region

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou gestures from a US-made naval destroyer during a drill at sea in September. Photo: AFP
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou gestures from a US-made naval destroyer during a drill at sea in September. Photo: AFP
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