Taiwan seeks fisheries pact with Philippines


Taiwan’s representative to the Philippines is confident the two camps will soon meet again to negotiate on the fisheries agreement borne from the May 2013 incident between a Taiwanese fisherman and the Philippine Coast Guard.

Raymond Wang, Taipei’s representative to Manila, said he is “looking forward” to the second round of talks between Taiwan and the Philippines. The two sides first met for the fisheries agreement in June this year.

A fisheries agreement is one of the demands from the Taiwanese government after 65-year-old Hung Shi-cheng was killed at the Balintang channel, where Taiwan’s and the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) overlaps, presumably by members of the Philippine Coast Guard.

Since then, cases have already been filed against members of the agency for tampering with the evidence.

Taiwan froze the hiring of Filipino workers then unless the Philippine government meets all demands: a formal apology, punishment of those responsible for the shooting, compensation for the Hung family and bilateral fishery talks to prevent the occurrence of similar incidents in the future.

The sanctions were lifted in August.

“Although relations between our two countries met challenges this year, we have been able to advance our relations based on mutual trust and interest, thereby further strengthening our robust friendship,” Wang said during the 102nd National Day of Taiwan held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza on Wednesday.

At the start of the celebrations, an audio-visual presentation was shown to the audience wherein Taiwan’s Coast Guard was seen saving a number of Filipino fishermen caught in a storm while fishing.

One of the captions in the video read: “Your true neighbor, Taiwan.”


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