The government will set aside NT$3.3 billion (around US$110 million) to build a new wharf on Taiping Island.
Taiping Island is the biggest of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. There are competing territorial claims over the Spratlys, which are also claimed by Mainland China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Brunei.
Work is set to begin next year, and will conclude at the end of 2015. When the wharf is completed, 2,000-ton frigates, Hsun Hai-class corvettes, and Kuang Hua VI class missile boats will be able to dock there.
Speaking at an interview Tuesday, foreign ministry spokeswoman Anna Kao said that the government of the Republic of China on Taiwan has effectively administered Taiping Island for a long time. She also said that any government activities on the island are legal.
"The Republic of China has de facto administration over Taiping Island and the Zhongzhou Reef in the Spratly Islands," said Kao. "We hope our actions, especially the East China Sea Peace Initiative President Ma [Ying-jeou] proposed last August, will promote regional peace and stability. Whether in the East China Sea or the South China Sea, we hope to maintain our sovereignty, shelve disputes, establish peaceful coexistence, and promote regional peace and stability by developing resources together," she said.
Kao reiterated the government's stance that the Spratly Islands, the island chain in which Taiping Island is located, are Taiwanese territory.
Taiwan to build new wharf on Taiping Island