By: Sunrise Huang and Romulo Huang
Taipei, Feb. 12 (CNA) Taiwan’s coast guard recently expelled four Chinese fishing boats caught trespassing and poaching in the country’s territorial waters, near Wuqiu in outlying Kimen County, the Maritime Patrol Directorate General (MPDG) of the Coast Guard Administration said Friday.
The MPDG launched a major crackdown against trespassing Chinese fishing boats after being informed of a certain number of Chinese fishing boats trespassing and poaching in waters off Wuqiu by local residents on Feb. 10, it said.
The Chinese fishing vessels were apparently taking advantage of the Chinese New Year holiday Feb. 6-14, when they believed Taiwan’s law enforcement agencies would be relatively more lax during the Lunar New Year celebrations, to operate illegally in the country’s territorial waters, MPDG officers pointed out. [FULL STORY]