Feb 042013

Some 40 students and teachers from Taiwan will go on a camping trip to the disputed Spratly Islands, Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported Monday night.

The CNA report quoted the Ministry of National Defense as saying the 40 will include 10-member teams from four universities.

It also said the students will send postcards upon arriving on the island to “assert Taiwan’s sovereignty over the Spratlys.”

Each team will have one professor and nine graduate and doctoral students below 40 years old.

However, the CNA report said the ministry declined to say when the camping will be held, due to “security concerns.”

The CNA report said this will be the third year the defense ministry is organizing such a camp, with this year’s program focusing on the “history of the South China Sea, maritime law and marine ecology.”

Taiwan is one of six claimants to the Spratlys, the others being the Philippines, Brunei, China, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam. —KG, GMA News

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