Taiwanese Legislator Trip to Taiping Island Delayed

Ma Wen-chun, Kuomintang (KMT) legislator and convener of the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee, has postponed her trip to Taiping Island, set for May 16th.

Ma said the postponement was due to a vote in the session on important bills at a legislative session on May 17th. She wished to prevent legislators from being unable to return to Taiwan for voting.

A delegation of 20 members from the KMT and the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) would join Ma, inspecting defense facilities before returning to Pingtung the same day. 

Despite lawmakers urging Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen to visit Taiping Island to reaffirm Taiwan’s sovereignty over it, the president, National Security Bureau Director-General Tsai Ming-yen, and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu are against the idea.