Taiwan vows to protect Filipinos from attacks

Lu Shou-yen leading local residents in Taichung as they chant slogans to demand an apology from the Philippine government for the death of a Taiwanese fisherman killed by the Philippines Coast Guard. Photo: AFP

Taiwan yesterday ordered all law-enforcement personnel to step up the protection of Filipinos on the island, after a suggestion that Manila might evacuate its nationals from the island after hearing reports of attacks targeting them.

Tuesday, 21 May, 2013, 4:11am 3 comments

China news round-up: Li Keqiang visits India, gay activist arrested in Hunan

Members of Shiv Sena, a Hindu right-wing political party, prepare to burn an effigy of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang as they demonstrate near India's Parliament, in New Delhi, May 19, 2013. Photo: AP

Premier Li Keqiang's visit to IndiaThe Times of India India may not endorse "one China" in the joint statement that will be issued after Li's visit.The Hindu

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Taiwanese investigators quit shooting probe, calling Philippine officials 'dishonest'

Chen Wen-chi, a senior justice ministry official, shows a letter from a Philippine official welcoming Taiwan to join investigation. Photo: AFP

The 17 Taiwan investigators, led by Chen Wen-chi, a senior justice ministry official, returned to Taipei yesterday empty-handed a day after arriving in Manila for what was originally meant to be a joint investigation over whether the coastguard intentionally killed the fisherman aboard an unarmed Taiwanese fishing boat.

19 May 2013 - 6:12am 2 comments

How they see it

Fishing vessel 'Guang Ta Hsin 28', which was fired upon by Philippine coast guard. Photo: Xinhua

It is most unfortunate that the government of Taiwan has suspended the issuance of visas to Filipinos. The suspension was in reaction to the unfortunate killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in contested waters a few days ago.

19 May 2013 - 3:55am

Taiwan's reaction to killing of fisherman is out of proportion

Taiwan's investigation team reports on the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine coast guard. Photo: AP

Now it's Taiwan's turn to show some nationalist anger, and its target is the Philippines. Behind the outrage over the death of a fisherman lies suspicion of a Han chauvinism that can only exacerbate the tensions between China and its southern, non-Chinese neighbours.

19 May 2013 - 3:55am 36 comments

Philippines rejects Taiwan ‘murder’ claims

Taiwanese Ministry of Justice director for International and Cross-Straits Legal Affairs Chen Wen-chi (centre), gestures as she reads the report of her investigation team during a news conference. Photo: EPA

The Philippines on Saturday rejected Taiwan’s allegations that its coastguards had intentionally murdered a Taiwanese fisherman whose death has triggered a major diplomatic spat.

The 65-year-old fisherman was shot dead by Philippine coastguards who said his vessel intruded into Philippine waters.

18 May 2013 - 3:34pm

Taiwan's anger rises as Manila stands firm

Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs' response yesterday to Manila's claim the shooting of a Taiwan fisherman was unintentional. Photo: AFP

Taiwan may impose new sanctions on the Philippines after Manila toughened its stand over the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by its coastguard last week.

18 May 2013 - 5:28am

Former envoy Lauro Baja tells Taiwan to 'remember who its friends are'

Lauro Baja. Photo: AP

A former top Philippines diplomat has urged Taiwan to "remember who its friends are", in comments that appear to suggest Taiwan is ungrateful for Manila's longstanding support for its political autonomy.

17 May 2013 - 4:49am 8 comments

Taiwan curbs on the Philippines 'to cost HK$2.3b'

Dozens of New Party members shout anti-Philippine slogans in front of the Philippine trade office in Tapei, Taiwan. Photo: EPA

The sanctions slapped on the Philippines by Taiwan in the escalating row over the shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman are expected to cost Manila an estimated NT$9 billion (HK$2.33 billion) in lost revenue a year, according to Taiwanese officials.

17 May 2013 - 6:53am 2 comments

Taiwanese naval drill stokes tension with the Philippines

Taiwan Navy's two Kuang Hua VI missle boats taking part in a military drill held off Taiwan's southern coast. Photo: EPA

Taiwan staged a naval drill near the northern Philippines yesterday after rejecting an apology by Manila and snubbing its special envoy following the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman.

17 May 2013 - 10:47am 1 comment

An apology by the Philippines is only the first step

Philippine special envoy Amadeo Perez (centre) reads a statement of apology at Taoyuan International Airport. Photo: AFP

Complicated disputes can require pragmatic solutions. This has been forgotten by the Philippines in the fallout from the killing by its coastguard of a Taiwanese fisherman. Much is at stake economically, so skirting muddied waters is an inadequate response. Manila has to show remorse.

17 May 2013 - 3:17am

Taiwan stages military drill as Philippines row continues

Standard Type II missiles (front) are ready to launch and 5-inch canon (back) is ready to fire during a joint military drill on a Kidd-class destroyer outside a navy base in Kaohsiung port, southern Taiwan, on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

Taiwan on Thursday staged a military exercise in waters near the northern Philippines in response to the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman, after rejecting repeated apologies for the death.

16 May 2013 - 11:33pm 2 comments

Taipei slaps sanctions on Manila after weak apology

Premier of Taiwan Jiang Yi-huah accuses Manila of "insincerity" over its apology. Photo: AFP

Taipei stepped up its diplomatic reprisals against Manila yesterday in protest at the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine coastguard last week.

16 May 2013 - 9:03am 12 comments

Beijing caught in the crossfire over killing of Taiwanese fisherman

Activists hurl eggs at the Manila Economic and Cultural Office, the de facto Philippine embassy in Taiwan, at a protest on Monday over the fisherman's death. Photo: Reuters

A diplomatic dispute between Manila and Taipei, triggered by the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine coastguard, has presented Beijing with a dilemma.

Should it take firm action to back up the island or stick to verbal condemnation?

16 May 2013 - 9:03am 6 comments

Manila to apologise to Taipei over fisherman's shooting

Demonstrators shout anti-Philippine slogans at a rally outside Manila's de facto embassy in Taipei on Tuesday. Photo: EPA

Manila will send a senior envoy to Taiwan to apologise for the death of a fisherman killed by the Philippine coastguard, Taiwan's Foreign Minister David Lin said last night at a briefing attended by Antonio Basilio, the Philippines' representative in Taipei.

15 May 2013 - 8:05am 2 comments