Want China Times
Taiwan and the Philippines will soon hold a meeting in an effort to address remaining
differences on bilateral law enforcement cooperation in their overlapping economic waters, Taiwan’s foreign minister David Lin said Friday.
Officials from related agencies in both countries will gather at the meeting, expected to take place in June and negotiate on matters such as the scope of law enforcement by respective authorities, Lin told reporters on the sidelines of a swearing-in ceremony for Taiwan’s new representatives overseas and other senior foreign affairs officials.
Lin’s remarks came one day after a Taiwanese fishing boat suspected of entering waters within 24 nautical miles of the Philippines attracted the Philippine Coast Guard’s attention but it later left the area when a patrol approached the vessel.
The Taiwanese fishing boat was reportedly harassed by the Philippine government vessel while operating in the two countries’ overlapping exclusive economic zones, prompting Taiwan’s Coast Guard Administration to send a patrol vessel to protect the fishing boat, which has resumed normal operations. [FULL STORY]