Following a judgement from an International Arbitration tribunal, Taiwan has deployed a warship in the South China sea to defend its international maritime territories. Taiwan said that it will no longer refrain from safeguarding its sovereignty in the name of peaceful talks. The deployment of the Taiwanese warship comes after the international tribunal ruled that both China and Taiwan had no historical rights on the majority of the territories which they claim for themselves.
Tsai Ing-wen, President of Taiwan said that the country will not hesitate in safeguarding its territories and called for the Taiwanese army to defend their country’s rights. “Its high-time that we stop thinking of any other factors to resolve this issue. With time, we fear that our nation will be deprived of the right to control our legitimate territories”, she said.
The warship will patrol the territories claimed by Taiwan 24/7, with the help of navy troops.
On Tuesday, pointing to the claims of Taiwan, the Arbitration court said that the largest island in the Spratlys chain was legally a rock and it cannot be given an economic zone, undermining Taiwanese claims to waters surrounding the island. The decision had possibly irked Taiwan and hence, moved its warship into the international waters much before the scheduled time for its launch.
The Government of Taiwan had officially condemned the South China Sea decision while, terming it as “completely unacceptable”. It also added that the patrol ship will show the determination of the people of Taiwan to protect its territories.