Pratas Island

Pratas Island

(prä`täs), also called

Dongsha Island

(do͝ong`shä`), in the South China Sea, controlled by Taiwan and administered as part of Kaohsiung. A national park, the island is part of an atoll and has guano deposits. It was occupied by the Japanese in 1907–9 and again in 1939–45; it is also claimed by China.
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Taiwan's defence ministry said in its own report it would strengthen its defences on Pratas Island, in the north of the South China Sea, and on Itu Aba in the disputed Spratly Islands.
To the north, the Pratas Island and the submerged Macclesfield Bank are claimed by Taiwan and China.
Taiwan's defense ministry said in its own report it would strengthen its defenses on Pratas Island, in the north of the South China Sea, and on Itu Aba in the Spratly Islands.
19 Kyodo Taiwan will withdraw its marines stationed in the disputed Spratly and Pratas island groups in the South China Sea and replace them with coast guards, in a move seen as an attempt to reduce tensions in the area, reports said Friday.
Representatives from the legislative committees made an inspection of Pratas Island and it's military outpost on May 24 which is when they discovered that nearly 100 members of the garrison stationed, with a minimum deployment of two years, had been unable to see their family members during their service on the island.
Another possible target could be the Pratas Islands, also in the South China Sea but about 300 kilometers south of Hong Kong, or Kinmen or Matsu.
Easton continued, "Slightly more difficult but strategically tempting from China's side, I'd think, are the Pratas Islands [just 310km southeast of Hong Kong]." Another inviting target would be Taiwanese-controlled islands just off the coast of the mainland, such as Kinmen, which is just 2km from the Chinese coast, or Matsu.
The carrier led a group of warships and sailed 90 miles south of the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands in the disputed South China Sea, fuelling tensions between the two countries.
Moreover, as a country that borders the semi-enclosed South China Sea, and which controls Itu Aba and the non-disputed Pratas Islands in the northeast, Taiwan is a direct party to the dispute.
To the north of the Spratly Islands, both the PRC and Taiwan claim the Pratas Islands, while Vietnam, China, and Taiwan claim the Paracel Islands.
Should China gain control over the Senkaku Islands and the Scarborough Shoal, claimed by the Philippines, together with the Paracel Islands, which Beijing has already obtained by force from Vietnam, the seas surrounding the Pratas Islands, under Taiwan's effective control, and Taiwan's territorial waters would be completely besieged by China.