Taipei, March 15 (CNA) Taiwan is keeping close tabs on any movements in the South China Sea amid reports that China has started new construction work in the disputed region, the Presidential Office said Wednesday.
Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺) also called on all the parties involved to put aside their differences and jointly develop the South China Sea to promote peace and stability in the disputed waters.
An image of North Island in the Paracels archipelago taken on March 6 shows China's recent work, including land-clearing and possible preparation for a harbor to support what experts believe may be eventual military installations. Initial work was damaged by a typhoon last year.
The pictures follow reports in Januray about work being undertaken on nearby Tree Island and other locations in the Paracels, which are also claimed by Taiwan and Vietnam.
(By Sophia Yeh and Lilian Wu)