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US urges Taiwan, Philippines to cool tensions


Raymond Wang, right, Taiwan’s Representative to the Philippines, talks on his mobile phone as he walks to his plane for departure to Taipei after being recalled Wednesday, May 15, 2013, in Manila, Philippines. Taiwanese Premier Jiang Yi-huah, unseen, announced Wednesday in Taipei that the country is recalling its representative and will discourage travel to the Philippines. Taiwan slammed Manila’s response to the shooting death of a Taiwanese fisherman by Philippine coast guard personnel as informal and insincere. AP PHOTO/RAOUL ESPERAS

WASHINGTON—The United States on Wednesday urged Taiwan and the Philippines to resolve a dispute after the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman, amid concern over rising tensions between its two allies.

Taiwan has slapped sanctions on the Philippines, including a ban on the hiring of new workers, and rejected an apology by President Benigno Aquino after Philippine coast guards shot dead the 65-year-old fisherman last week.

“We’re concerned by the increase in tensions between two neighboring democracies and close partners of the United States in the Asia-Pacific region,” State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said.

“We urge the Philippines and Taiwan to take all appropriate measures to clarify disagreements and prevent recurrence of such tragic events,” he added.

Washington also urged both sides “to ensure maritime safety and to refrain from actions that could further escalate tensions.”

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou has insisted on a formal apology from Manila as well as compensation, demanded that the killer to be caught and called for talks on the fishing industry.

Maritime tensions are already high over rival claims in the South China Sea, adjacent to where last Thursday’s shooting took place.

China, the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei all have competing claims to parts of the strategic and resource-rich maritime region.

Ventrell said “it appears the incident took place in or near disputed waters, where the Philippines and Taiwan both claim fishing rights.”

“The United States does not take a position on the proper location of a maritime boundary in that area,” he stressed.


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  • Guest

    Philippine coast guard lies in the shooting of an unarmed fishing boat about four things.

    1.2 gunshots for the gunfire. Doubtlessly, 52 shots.
    2.The fish boat intends to hit the coast guard ship. Truly, no any collision.
    3.Unintended kill. Actually, no any warning with direct shooting.
    4.The boat was over coastline Philippine. In fact, the event occurred near the sea border of Taiwan and Philippine, and the boat still stays inside Taiwan sea border.

  • lyon819

    Philippine coast guard lies in the shooting of an unarmed fishing boat about four things.

    1.2 gunshots for the gunfire. Doubtlessly, 52 shots.
    2.The fish boat intends to hit the coast guard ship. Truly, no any collision.
    3.Unintended kill. Actually, no any warning with direct shooting.
    4.The boat was over coastline Philippine. In fact, the event occurred near the sea border of Taiwan and Philippine, and the boat still stays inside Taiwan sea border.

    • foreignerph

      Beware, Filipinos can’t handle facts. That;s what I found out the first year I arrived in the PH.

  • neo822

    DONT BUY TAIWANESE PRODUCTS or MADE IN TAIWAN.



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