The Philippine government has officially rejected President Ma Ying-jeou’s invitation to send representatives to a Taiwan-controlled island in the South China Sea, the Taiwan government announced on Friday.
In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said the Taiwan government has extended an invitation to the Philippine side several times, asking the Philippines to send representatives or lawyers to visit Taiping Island in the disputed South China Sea to obtain accurate information about the island.
The invitation was sent in the hope that representatives from the Philippines could personally visit the island amid Manila’s “false claim” that Taiping is a “rock,” not an “island,” MOFA said.
However, MOFA said the Philippine side has recently extended an official reply to the R.O.C. to decline the invitation to Taiping. Read More