Want China Times
The prospects of Taiwan and the Philippines signing a fishery law enforcement agreement are good,
James Sha, vice minister of Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture, said Thursday after fishery officials from both sides met in Manila earlier in the week to discuss the contentious issue of fishing rights.
The meeting was scheduled to be held in Taipei but the Philippine delegation canceled their trip following a series of incidents, including a standoff between coastguard vessels from the two countries, and the detention of Taiwanese fishing vessels by Philippine patrol boats.
Led by Tsay tzu-yaw, director-general of the COA’s Fishery Agency, a Taiwanese delegation of officials from the foreign ministry and Coast Guard Administration left for Manila earlier this week to meet with their Philippine counterparts to try to iron out the issues and negotiate an agreement on fishery law enforcement. [FULL STORY]