By: Tang Pei-chun, Sophia Yeh and Y.F. Low
Taipei, April 29 (CNA) President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) pledged Friday to safeguard the rights of Taiwanese fishermen, in the wake of the detention of a local fishing boat by Japan on the high seas in the Pacific, near the Japan-controlled atoll of Okinotori.
The incident was one of the issues included in a briefing given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) to Tsai on Friday, according to Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂).
Lin said that during the briefing, he explained to Tsai about the course of the incident and the steps taken by the government, such as lodging a strong protest with Japan.
In response, Tsai said Taiwan should continue to negotiate with Japan to try to find a resolution to the dispute, according to Lin.
When asked by reporters how she is going to protect the rights of fishermen in the future, Tsai held up her right fist and said: “Going all-out to safeguard.” [FULL STORY]