A consensus has been reached on law enforcement cooperation
By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Bilateral negotiations between Taiwan and the Philippines on a fishery agreement
in contested areas of the South China Sea have made progress amid rising tensions in the area, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruce Linghu said Thursday.
The official announcement was released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in the afternoon after an agreement between the two island countries has been signed on November 5, Linghu confirmed.
“A consensus has been reached that stipulates both sides should avoid the use of force when disputes occur,” he said.
Taiwan and the Philippines began the negotiations in the wake of a fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman by Philippine Coast Guard personnel in May 2013. The Kuang Ta Hsing No. 28 incident triggered a bilateral crisis which led Taipei to impose sanctions on Manila and demand corrective actions. [FULL STORY]