Taiwan mounting more robust naval patrols in the South China Sea

A Taiwanese Coast Guard ship is seen with a Taiwanese fishing boat as they head for the East China Sea. /Reuters/CNA

A Taiwanese Coast Guard ship is seen with a Taiwanese fishing boat as they head for the East China Sea. /Reuters/CNA

With the christening of two large advanced maritime and naval patrol ships, Taiwan is making a louder claim over its ownership of a large portion of the South China Sea including the fortified Ibu Aba or Taiping, Island, the largest in the Spratly island chain. On Dec. 3, a 3,000-ton search and rescue vessel, the Yi-lan CG-128, was christened into service at the Taiwanese port of Kao-Hsiung.

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