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Taiwan under a new political party will extend its Teflon stance on claims to almost the entire 3.5 million-square-kilometer South China Sea, despite bigger and more diplomatically connected rivals, and renew calls for joint use of resource-rich waters. That position explained Tuesday by the 11-day-old government of President Tsai Ing-wen will delight a so-far suspicious China but keep Southeast Asian countries on alert.
The government of President Tsai Ing-wen will stick to a 60-year-old claim over the ocean between its southwest coast and Singapore, a foreign ministry official said. Taiwan will also maintain a presence on a major islet under its control and promote maritime resource sharing among claimants, foreign ministry spokesperson Eleanor Wang said Tuesday.