Taiwan risks tensions with survey of disputed Spratlys
TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan has conducted a natural gas and oil survey in the disputed Spratly Islands, a legislator said on Wednesday, the latest in a string of moves that risk stoking tensions over the South China Sea archipelago.
A team of technicians from the state-run CPC Corporation, Taiwan sailed to Taiping, the island in the chain that is controlled by Taipei, on Monday, legislator Lin Yu-fang's office said in a statement.
"They completed the survey on Tuesday afternoon and were on their way back to Taiwan escorted by a naval fleet" composed of a dock landing ship and a frigate, the statement said.
Taiwan risks ratcheting up regional tensions over the Spratlys with the move. The islands are also claimed entirely or in part by Brunei, China, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.